Art

St Edward’s School is well known for the strength of the Art Department. The students consistently achieve excellent exam results at GCSE and A level and the outstanding displays of work around the School inspire visitors and students. The Sixth Form students can study Textiles, Fine Art and Photography A Levels and many students go on to study Art, Film, Textiles, Graphic Design or Architecture at University or use their UCAS points for entry into other courses such as Engineering, English, etc.

There are two studios dedicated to the Sixth Form giving each student an individual space which they can use in study periods. There are two junior art rooms in which an inspiring still life is built every year. The photography room has 16 computers with Adobe Photoshop and a laser printer. There is also a wet-process dark room and a Textiles studio.

The department is led by Mr Alan Richardson, also a chief examiner for Edexcel with the other staff members: Miss Rachel Haywood, Mrs Fiona Richardson, Miss Catherine Fraser and the technician, Mr Zack Thorne.

Music

Music is a central part of the curriculum at St Edward’s.

We aim to stimulate pupil curiosity, confidence, interest and enjoyment in all aspects of Music. The Music Department has well-equipped classrooms, practice rooms and a Performance Hall.

Music is part of the curriculum for Years 7 to 9. We put a strong emphasis on composition, with pupils working in small groups as well as in whole class lessons. Music is a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11 (where we follow the Cambridge IGCSE course) and an A Level option in the Sixth Form.

The IGCSE is a very exciting music course; it is a very prestigious and well respected qualification, but also wide-ranging, stimulating and fun. Practical skills are developed through the performing and composing papers. Fluent music reading skills and a good theoretical knowledge are required for the listening paper, in particular for the study of the set works. The course is an excellent preparation for A Level, but will also suit committed musicians who do not envisage studying music beyond Year 11.

The A Level course is very demanding, requiring the development of research, analytical, aural and compositional skills as well as compiling and delivering a short recital. Students completing this course have often gone on to one of the music conservatoires or to university to continue their music studies.