Art is a popular and stimulating subject that provides opportunities for all pupils to acquire and extend their creative and artistic skills, enabling them to express and communicate their ideas visually.

The art room is a bright and interesting area that encourages every pupil to achieve their full artistic potential, with relevant and interesting displays that support each project.

Drawing from observation is fundamental to every aspect of art. Emphasis is put on understanding the relationships between drawing, developing a theme and realising a final product in a variety of art and craft techniques, including ceramics, print and textiles.

The history and appreciation of Art and Design are essential to pupils' practical work, enabling them to appreciate their own work in the context of our diverse artistic heritage. We aim to visit local and national art galleries to see as much original work as possible.

Years 7, 8 and 9 are introduced to artistic skills and ideas which provide both rewarding art experiences and a good basis for students who wish to take Art through to GCSE and beyond.

We appreciate the need to create, and aim to give every child the opportunity to do so successfully.

  • My time at Beacon Hill provided a massive range of opportunities which have proved valuable not only whilst studying at sixth form and when applying to university, but also in everyday life.
    Former student, 12 A*-C grade GCSEs
  • When I left Beacon Hill I had a career path in mind; I wanted to teach. This was down to 5 brilliant years at the school. I was inspired by my teachers who encouraged and supported me to believe in myself and my abilities.
    Former Student
  • We are impressed with how both of our children have settled in and are progressing though the school. We find staff understanding & helpful.
    Parent Survey
  • Progress is tracked effectively and extra help given quickly to students who need it.
  • The school has developed a really positive culture for learning, as a result of high expectations of both staff and pupils.
    Local Authority
  • The curriculum meets the needs of individual students particularly well [providing] a balance of academic and vocational courses for students to study at GCSE.
  • Students have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed.
  • Evidence from pupil interviews, work scrutinies and HMI visit indicates that the Stage not Age curriculum is impacting positively on the quality of learning in the school.
    Local Authority
  • Students benefit from a very wide range of activities which enrich the curriculum… a wealth of field trips, sporting activities and drama productions
  • Teachers know their students extremely well and work is closely tailored to students’ individual needs.