"Good for outcomes, Good for teaching, learning and assessment, Good for personal development, behaviour and welfare, Good for 6th form, Good for leadership and management - Ofsted 2017"

Cedars Upper School

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Team Leader: Mrs S Agar and Miss E Hutchings
Team Leader e-mail address: sagar@cedarsupper.org.uk and ehutchings@cedarsupper.org.uk

The Art department is staffed by two part time and one full time art teachers, as well as one dedicated, specialist art technician.

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Subjects offered:

  • GCSE – Edexcel; Fine art.
  • A Level – Edexcel; Fine art.
  • AS - Edexcel; Photography



GCSE (9-1)






Extra-curricular Activities include: Open workshops for students every lunch time in the art department and after school art club Monday, Tuesday and Thursday every week 3.15 - 4.15pm We offer regular visits to exhibitions, galleries and sculpture parks, such as Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Saatchi Gallery and Pitt Rivers Oxford. We enter various competitions throughout the year, including the Royal Academy of Arts A-Level online summer exhibition. We offer a one-day Easter holiday coursework workshop.

Recent Successes 2017

GCSE - 80% A*-C / 14% A*-A
GCE (A LEVEL) - 50% A*-b / 100% A*-D

As a successful and popular department, we aim to provide:

  • A safe and secure working environment
  • Encourage students to develop practical and theoretical skills through direct, personal expression.
  • To encourage imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation, analytical abilities and practical aptitudes.
  • To widen students’ cultural horizons.
  • To enrich the individual's personal resources.
  • To engender the development of self-confidence.
  • To enable the students’ enjoyment and aesthetic pleasure through their learning.
  • Stimulating environment in which students can feel both valued and encouraged.
  • Sixth Form students annually present their work to parents/carers and the wider community, through a public exhibition.
  • Prizes awarded at the open exhibition evening, to highest achieving student in year 12 and 13.
  • Visits to galleries and museums to enrich coursework and exam preparation.

The external examiner has praised the work that pupils produce as “Lively…with a robust foundation in drawing skills and visual recording” and with “Imagination and enthusiasm”. Career paths include: architecture, design, photography, games designer, graphic design, make-up artist, stage set design, interior design and hairdresser/beauty consultant. Everything that we see has been created, designed, produced and crafted through the vision of artists, designers and crafts-people. After all, what is a world without art?