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Art

Mrs N Gudge BA (Hons)
Head of Art
ngudge@colfes.com

The Art Department at Colfe’s is an exciting, creative space that values imagination and intuitive responses in both group and individual work. It is a safe place to explore ideas that will often evolve into inspired and imaginative pieces of artwork. You will learn to read and communicate with images as skilfully as when writing or reading text.

We teach technical, thinking and planning skills that enable pupils to form their own ideas into objects or images. As our students progress through the school, we teach them to manage their own projects and time effectively – working towards a stunning show of personal work should they choose to pursue the subject at GCSE and A-level.

In Years 7-9, pupils will work through a series of projects to explore two and three-dimensional skills. During Year 7 we explore black and white line work, mark-making and colour theory. All of this will equip our students with the skills and understanding of the formal elements. Year 8 examines the work of Picasso using processes such as oil pastel, scrafitto and watercolour work; pupils will also create a clay unit inspired by the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Year 9 pupils’ work links to GCSE projects and assessment objectives and pupils will learn to critically evaluate artists’ work in relation to their own ideas and responses. Students have the opportunity to explore photography both digitally and in the darkroom.

The GCSE Art course at Colfe’s is an exciting multimedia course which aims to enthuse, develop confidence and encourage students to explore their own interests and lines of enquiry. There will be a visit to the Tate Modern and several exciting workshops run by visiting artists. Students work in large sketchbooks exploring a range of themes and starting points. At the end of Year 11, pupils will hang an exhibition of their work.

At A-level, there is a choice of three endorsements – Art, Craft and Design, Graphic Communication or Photography. All courses have joint trips and discussions throughout the year. The Year 12 courses in all areas consist of two components: ‘Materials and Processes’ and a ‘Personal Contextual Study’ where students are encouraged to explore an artist(s) and theme of their own choice. In the final year pupils are encouraged to pursue more personal lines of enquiry and an exam-based theme. Pupils will also curate their own end-of-course exhibition. Students are given support and guidance in development of portfolios and the application to further and higher education courses in the Creative Arts. A-level Art students at Colfe’s often go on to study degrees in Fine Art, History of Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, Advertising and Marketing, Animation, Set Design and more.

A-level course details:

Co-curricular Art
All pupils are also encouraged to take part in Co-curricular Art.

Art

The Art department at Colfe’s is an exciting, creative space that values imagination and intuitive responses, group and individual work.

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Classics

The Classics Department provides three ways in to this ancient past. Latin is offered throughout the school for Years 7-13, Classical Greek is an option from Year 10 and Classical Civilisation is available as an A-level.

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Computer Science

Computer Science and IT at Colfe’s allows you to learn the principles of information and computation thinking, understand how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through a range of programming languages.

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Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Colfe’s prepares pupils to take part in a rapidly changing world; learning to think creatively, become problem solvers and innovators, and design products to fulfil needs and wants not yet realised.

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Drama

Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer.

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Economics & Business

In Economics and Business the emphasis in the classroom is on developing analytical abilities, encouraging argument from different standpoints and critical examination of data.

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English

English teaching at Colfe’s is focused on developing pupils’ engagement with literature, introducing them to a range of writers and texts, and encouraging them to become independent, proficient readers.

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Eudaimonia

Eudaimonia at Colfe’s is the teaching of the activity of wellbeing. Broadly based on the virtue ethics of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, the word Eudaimonia itself is most commonly translated as ‘flourishing’ by practising virtuous behaviour and engaging with what it means to be human.

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Geography

Our planet is a dynamic, complex and beautiful place. As far as we know it is unique. Studying Geography can help you to understand it, but studying Geography at Colfe’s can help you thrive in it.

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History

The History syllabus at Colfe’s studies some of the most significant events and people in British and World History over the past 2,000 years and aims to inspire a passion for the past.

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Learning Support

Learning Support is based in the heart of the Senior School in a well-equipped classroom with computers, ipads, an interactive whiteboard and an abundance of learning resources and educational games.

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Library

The Library is very much at the centre of the school, and is extremely busy at break and lunch times, and before and after the school day.

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Mathematics

Mathematics is the keystone to the modern technological world in which we live. It enables us to understand our physical environment through sophisticated modelling techniques and is the ultimate language of strategical reasoning.

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Media Studies

Media Studies is about understanding how our world is constructed and how we are encouraged to perceive it. If you understand how the media works, you understand how the world works.

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Modern Languages

Our carefully planned Modern Languages programmes of study will lead you to communicate in modern, real-life situations, using real contemporary language.

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Music

The importance of studying music can’t be overstated; it enables pupils to build confidence through performance, nurture creativity through composition and develop critical enquiry through musical appraisal.

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Physical Education

Through the Physical Education and Sport programme, our pupils experience opportunities to develop skills, which enable them to make informed lifestyle choices in adulthood and a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

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Religion & Philosophy

Giving pupils an opportunity to engage with the rich history of philosophical and theological thought contributes to their personal growth and ethical development.

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Science

The Science facilities at Colfe's include nine dedicated laboratories with access to notebook computers, so that ICT skills can be used to complement learning.

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How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.