King James' School


Head of Department: Mr M Sloan

The Department aims to create an environment in which students gain a sense of achievement and are encouraged to become involved in the cultural life of both school and community. The Department has a tradition of underpinning all practical work with a critical understanding of both European and World Art. We organise workshops with professionals and at art galleries and museums. Sixth form trips are organised to London, Liverpool, Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Florence, Barcelona and New York and there is a Year 10 Arts residential trip to London. A big exhibition showcasing the work of GCSE and A Level Art and Photography is held every summer in the Chaloner Hall.

The Art courses are structured to develop students´ understanding of the language of Art and Design through a range of media such as printmaking, painting and ceramics. Homework is an important means whereby students may express their ideas and practice skills. In addition to GCSE and A Levels in Art and Design, the department offers a GCSE and A level in Digital Photography. Many students are involved in a variety of clubs at lunchtimes or after school.

Examination results at GCSE, A/S and A Level are well above the national average. Many A Level students progress either to a Foundation Course in Art or to University courses in History of Art or Combined Arts.

Art is part of the Expressive Arts faculty at King James’s, along with Music and Drama. The faculty aims to develop realistic and workable links between each area, while maintaining the strengths of the discrete subjects. There is opportunity to join with Music and Drama in ventures such as arts festivals, joint residential trips, combined arts projects, expressive arts and musical productions. We hold the Artsmark Silver Award.

Teaching Staff:

Mr M Sloan
Miss L Clayton
Miss L Clitheroe
Mrs S Hodgson
Mrs S Scaife

Technician: Mrs M Somerville