Shrewsbury School

Art and History of Art

More detail about all of our academic faculties can be found in our Third Form Curriculum document, our Fourth Form Curriculum document  (leading up to GCSE) and the Sixth Form and Beyond.


Head of Faculty: Mrs L. Caddell

The Art Department gives pupils the opportunity to practise or study a deeply rewarding subject – a subject which will take them far beyond the narrow confines of any exam specification, and that will in time become an interest for life.

We teach, from entry level, a traditional approach to art and pupils are given a strong grounding in the basic skills of observational drawing (which includes weekend life-drawing classes). These skills provide the basis for individual creative development in the Sixth Form where pupils can choose between four separate Art A Levels – Painting and Drawing, Ceramics, Photography, and History of Art.

As pupils develop as creative individuals they will be exposed to a wide range of art from the beginnings of recorded history through to the present day. We offer a full programme of trips – from a yearly visit to Glasgow to study the architecture and design of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to the main galleries and museums in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff – and an annual trip abroad to Europe or North America.

The Art School is centrally located on the school site and is a wonderful building with many large and light studio spaces and two galleries for exhibitions of pupils’ work and a continual programme of exhibitions by professional artists, local and national.


A Level Results – Art (Fine Art)

      A*   A     B     C     D     E     U     Total
2018 0 5 9 0 0 0 0 14
2017 0 4 5 7 0 0 0 16
2016 0 10 7 1 0 0 0 18
2015 4 4 5 1 0 0 0 14
2014 1 5 5 1 0 0 0 12


A Level Results – History of Art

    A*   A     B     C     D     E     U     Total
2018 0 1 3 1 2 1 0 8
2017 1 2 1 1 2 0 1 8
2016 0 4 3 2 1 2 0 12
2015 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 10
2014 0 3 4 1 0 0 0 8

A Level Results – Photography 

      A*   A     B     C     D     E     U     Total
2018 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 7
2017 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 5
2016 0 0 5 6 0 0 0 11
2015 0 5 2 2 1 0 0 7
2014 2 0 5 4 0 0 0 11


GCSE Results – Art

       A*     A     B     C     Below C     Total
2017 8 4 5 4 0 21
2016 6 7 4 0 0 17
2015 12 2 2 0 0 16
2014 11 10 1 0 0 22
2013 11 6 0 0 0 17
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