Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

– Thomas Merton

The Art department at Angmering is a vibrant and dynamic place to learn.

Teaching and Learning is of a high standard and lessons are tailor-made to meet the needs of all students. Lessons are focussed, and students are engaged. The programme of study offered at Angmering provides a structured range of projects that allow students to explore, experiment and enjoy making art in both two and three dimensions. Personal expression and creative thinking are encouraged from Key Stage Three through to Sixth Form allowing our students to make work that is original and meaningful.

‘Art, Craft and Design’ is a national curriculum subject taught to all students in Key Stage Three. Projects cover a variety of themes that span time, culture and place. Practical skills developed during this phase include drawing and painting, print-making, photography, animation and sculpture. There is a kiln in the department, and all students experience working with clay during this phase.

At Key Stage Four there are two courses to choose from in Art: GCSE Fine Art or Applied Art and Design. Results in the Art department are strong and demonstrate the high quality of teaching and learning that takes place during this phase. Both courses begin with building skills and knowledge in Year 10 to scaffold and encourage confident development of ideas in Year 11.

Fine Art A-level, Digital Photography A-level, Art and Design (Level 2) and Arts Award are currently offered to Sixth Form students at Angmering. The structure and content of our A-level courses received high praise in the external moderator’s report this year. Students have continued onto Foundation Studied in Art and Design followed by Degree courses in Fine Art, Illustration, Architecture, Photography and Moving Image.

The enthusiasm of the Art team, matched with the breadth of experience and range of specialism ensures that students can grow independently as artists. They are encouraged early on to recognise the value of their own thoughts and contribution, and to think critically about the visual world around them. Risk-taking is supported, and making mistakes is seen as a way of discovering.

Extra-curricular opportunities are carefully planned into the annual Art calendar and include visits to galleries and museums both locally and in London. The department takes part in a national event called The Big Draw in October and students are encouraged to use the art rooms at lunchtime and get involved with a variety of Art clubs that run throughout the year.

Each year we celebrate students’ work by holding a Summer Exhibition. Teachers, students, members of the local community and press attend this event and the quality of work is always impressive.

Names of staff in the area:

  • Samantha Hobbs (Subject Leader)
  • Claire Adams
  • Paula Crane
  • Melanie Wood
  • Andrea Alden (Resource Assistant)