Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep

Scott Adams

We offer an exciting and stimulating environment where girls can feel confident in expressing their individual ideas and perspectives.The department has four teachers, a huge range of facilities and a very busy technician. As a team we are able to offer an enormous variety of skills and techniques from ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and photography to regular life-drawing with the older girls. History of art is taught as a separate subject and is an important part of our sixth-form curriculum. Teaching is vigorous and wide-ranging. We encourage an atmosphere of exploration, experimentation and determination.

A typical school year will include a wide range of art-related visits, for example: The Big Draw at Roche Court (L6), Berlin (L6), Royal Academy (U4), Pitt Rivers Museum (M5), Southampton City Art Gallery (U5), British Museum (L5). Our history of art students regularly visit London.

We enjoy being involved in community-based projects and recent activities include the birds for the Precious exhibition at Winchester's Discovery Centre where we joined other schools from the community to create the installation. We were also involved in the Youth, Hopes and Dreams show at St Johns House (YMCA) and enjoy participating in Triptych with Peter Symonds College and Winchester College.

We make the most of our wonderful array of facilities which include a general studio, a dark room, a ceramics studio and a sixth-form studio. We also have a history of art classroom and a resources area with a bank of computers and a fantastic collection of art books. We have a gallery space for internal and external exhibitions and throughout the year display the girls' many successes through a diverse exhibition programme.