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City of London

School for girls

The Art Department aims:

  • To enable pupils to pursue the subject to the highest possible level
  • To create curiosity, interest and enjoyment in art
  • To encourage independent learning and self discipline
  • To use the School's location in the City to enhance student learning by visiting museums and galleries
  • To develop an awareness of the significance of art and to value it as an important, pleasurable and fundamental area of human experience
  • To enhance and enrich learning, including making links to the wider curriculum
  • To enable pupils to make the most of their abilities and develop confidence, responsibility, perseverance, concern for others, initiative, politness and independence
  • To recognise the role of art as an evaluation of personal experience
  • To recognise the role of art in the creative and cultural industries




Art is valued at City as a subject that develops students' confidence and ability to explore ideas and produce unique and imaginative visual outcomes to projects.  Work is informed by knowledge of contemporary and historical art works gained through visits to the many galleries within walking distance of the school and exhibitions and museums further afield. Students have the opportunity to work in a broad range of media and practices including; drawing and painting, assemblage, clay work, printmaking, textile design and printing, and new media. Work is displayed around the school providing interest and inspiration to the school community and visitors. Many students go on to study Art, Design and Architecture, and past students are now working very successfully in the creative industries both here and abroad.


YEARS 7 - 9

Students develop the skills and knowledge to communicate their ideas visually. A basic art vocabulary is taught and students begin to manipulate with growing confidence the formal elements of line, tone, form, shape, colour, texture and tone. Drawing skills are taught as a means of recording, expressing and experimenting and this underpins work in all disciplines.  All students keep a workbook in which they record ideas, experimentation with materials and techniques and independent research. They have the opportunity to visit major museums, galleries and exhibitions as part of the curriculum and study past and present artists and craftspeople whose work is relevant to their practical project.

YEARS 10 and 11

Students develop their visual communication skills to a high level and explore new and exciting ways of working to realise personal ideas. Work is produced in a range of two and three-dimensional media and students are encouraged to explore photography, basic filmmaking and installation work as separate or related experiences. Knowledge becomes understanding and students recognise and are able to engage with contemporary and historical artwork.  A study trip to a contemporary gallery in Year 10 informs the development of ideas for the coursework element of the GCSE examination. At the end of year 11 the students' work is celebrated in an exhibition to which parents, friends and the wider community are invited.


Students are encouraged to be ambitious and risk taking in their approach to the subject. Complex ideas are explored through the use of conventional and innovative materials and processes, and work is highly individual. Students are able to take advantage of the school's proximity to galleries with worldwide reputations to research their projects and a study trip abroad is planned each year. Personal interests and passions are explored through practical work and academic research. Students are encouraged to be continuously analytical and reflective and to record their ideas, progress and planning in workbooks. Portfolios are prepared with students wishing to pursue Art to a higher level and our students are successful in gaining places on leading Foundation, Fine Art and Architecture degree courses with international reputations. An exhibition of students work is held at the end of the year to celebrate their achievements.


GCSE - Art and Design, Edexcel

AS Level - Art and Design, Edexcel

A level – Art and Design, Edexcel


Students have visited major London galleries including the Barbican Gallery, Curve Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Serpentine, Bloomberg Space, Victoria Miro and Parasol Unit.  Year 7 students participated in a cross-curricular Music, Art and Drama (MAD) event and Year 8 enjoyed a Photography and Art day when they had the opportunity to work with practising photographers. The GCSE groups visited Margate and the Turner Contemporary Gallery, and Sixth Form students have had the opportunity to go on study trips to Venice and Copenhagen to research their project work.

"The teachers take personal interest in your development as an artist and an individual." Sixth Former

Head of Department
Mrs J Curtis