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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, politeness 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
                     Year 5 flying structures                            Year 11 GCSE coursework 2018-19                Year 3 collaborative drawing               click here to view more                                            click here to view more                                click here to view more


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.

Year 9 art: cardboard response drawings. Click here to view more.

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.

       Year 11 GCSE work 2019-20                             Year 11 GCSE coursework 2020-21         Y11 experimental drawing workshop
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Students have the opportunity to produce a portfolio of exciting, sophisticated work developed through a process of experimentation, research and idea development. Work is informed by a knowledge and understanding of contemporary and historical artworks, gained from visits to nearby international art galleries and further afield. In the autumn term students have the opportunity to participate in a Study Tour, which includes trips to the Venice Biennale, Basel and Copenhagen. The Fine Art course covers areas of study including drawing, painting, mixed media, installation and sculpture. Through the course students develop a mature understanding of the creative process and how this can help with problem solving.

Each year, many students decide to take an Art foundation course prior to a specialist degree course in the field of Art and Design. Others apply to study Art-related degrees such as Architecture and Art History.

Year 12 A level work 2019-20                                                           Year 13 A level work 2018-19
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GCSE: Art and Design, Edexcel
A Level: Art and Design, Edexcel


  • Students have visited major London galleries including the Barbican Gallery, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Serpentine, Victoria Miro, Hayward  and Hauser and Wirth.  
  • Year 7 students participated in a cross-curricular Music, Art and Drama (MAD) event
  •  Year 8 enjoyed a Photography and Art day when they had the opportunity to work with practising photographers and film makers.
  • The GCSE groups visited Margate and Cambridge
  •  Sixth Form students have had the opportunity to go on study trips to Venice, Basel 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: Ms H Corbett