Achieve and excel

All pupils are encouraged to keep sketchbooks to research, record and experiment with ideas. We aim to instil a love of learning from the day a pupil joins us at Bethany, and our curriculum is designed to be modern, engaging and allow all pupils to find a specialism in which they can achieve and excel.

Open thinking and experimentation

We encourage open thinking, risk taking, experimentation and our aim is to ensure pupils are confident to explore the world around them using art and their creativity as an important tool. We offer art club enrichment opportunities which have explored workshops such as sports photography, landscape painting, marbling and jewellery making.

Trips and high flyers

The department takes the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom with trips and residential visits, from Harry Potter Studios to the streets of Rome! Our pupils have success in local and international competitions such as the Articulation speaking prize and the John Downton Awards. Our high flyer and scholarship programmes support our most enthusiastic and able pupils to really explore their talents. We regularly invite practising artists in to deliver workshops and utilise the learning resources of the national galleries, with London under an hour away by train. 

Art after Bethany

Many pupils wish to explore the subject further when they leave Bethany and are well supported in their next steps to further education. We have pupils who have pursued fashion and textiles subjects at leading institutions such as Central St Martins, UAL and Falmouth University, whilst others have been successful in going on to study Architecture at universities such as Loughborough and Sheffield. Reflecting our modern world we have pupils who have progressed to study courses in Video Game Design at Rubika in France and Visual Effects at Bournemouth. Fine Art pupils have destinations such as UAL and The Slade School of Fine Art. Others still have progressed to courses such as Automotive Design, Commercial Photography, Advertising, Graphic Design, Marketing, and Product Design.