Shrewsbury School

Art and History of Art

Head of Faculty: Mrs R. Shawe-Taylor

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
2017 5 3 6 2 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
2013 5 5 3 0 0 0 0 13


A Level Results – History of Art

    A*   A     B     C     D     E     U     Total
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
2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A Level Results – Art (Ceramics)

      A*   A     B     C     D     E     U     Total
2017 - - - - - - - -
2016 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2014 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2013 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2012 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

A Level Results – Photography 

      A*   A     B     C     D     E     U     Total
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
2013 0 2 7 2 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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