Please click here to see a selection of work from our Art Exhibition 2013
The department is by run by Mrs G Woods and supported by Miss M Dreiser.
The department offers a broad based curriculum in Art, Craft and Design that provides students with the opportunity to work in both two and three dimensions and across a wide range of media, techniques and processes.
Projects draw on student’s personal experiences, their immediate surroundings, first-hand observation and their own imaginations.
Key Stage 3 Students follow a structured curriculum that, through the basic elements of art, craft and design, enables them to develop their creativity, their skills and their enjoyment of the subject.
Key Stage 4 Students follow the GCSE Edexcel Unendorsed syllabus in Art and Design. Over the two years, they complete three units of work. Unit one is directed by the department; unit two offers personal choice and unit three is an externally set timed test.
Key Stage 5 Students follow the AS Edexcel Unendorsed syllabus in Art and Design. They are introduced to the course through both a print-making brief and a drawing unit. Following a common starting point, set in the summer prior to the course beginning, they are encouraged to develop their own individual interests through a broad range of disciplines. With a starting point this year based around London, students collected a wealth of photographic research and contextual references over the summer holidays to provide a springboard for their work.
Resources The department is very well resourced with two dedicated rooms together with a sixth-form study area. There is excellent access to IT, including computer work stations, digital cameras, image manipulation software, two data projectors and graphics tablets.
The department is well stocked with visual resources and a wide collection of reference books. (The library additionally has an excellent collection of art books.) Both rooms are set up for 3D and 2D work, including print-making, clay, plaster, paint and mixed-media.
Extra Curricular The department offers two weekly Art clubs providing students with opportunities to complete homework, to develop and/or complete class-work or to work on self-directed projects.
Visits At the very start of year 9, all students visit the BritishMuseum to gather first-hand research. Based on the theme of “Other Worlds”, they work across three design projects including drawing, print making and clay. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to get involved in the resourcing of their project and to discover the wealth of artefacts available to them from across the globe.
The department runs a biennial trip to New York for Key Stage 4 and 5. This includes visits to the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim and cultural highlights such as Ellis Island, the ChryslerBuilding and a sporting event such as ice hockey.
We also take part in a creative lectures programme at the Institute of Education which has , over the past few years, included talks by Anthony Gormley, Cornelia Parker and Quentin Blake.
In addition to this, the department exhibits work each summer at the Mall Galleries as part of The National Students’ Art Competition.
- Upcoming Events
Try Dive - Sportspace Pool Hemel Hempstead
Rugby v Magdalen College
Year 7 Parents' Welcome Evening
WBGS/OFA Careers Event L6 & U6
U6 Lecture by Mr.Moore (James Theatre)
L6 Lecture by Mr. Curwen (Muse)
Rugby v Merchant Taylors' School
Rugby v Dr Challoner's Grammar School
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- Friends of WBGS
- Harry Ree Event
Harry Rée Centenary Celebration event
Saturday, 11th October, 2014, 9.30am - 6.00pm
Jeffery Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London (Level One)
To book a place at this celebratory event and for more information please email Jonathan Daube asap
- Parental Contributions
Many thanks to all Parents who support us by making a monthly contribution to the School's charity, the Watford Fuller Foundation. To find out more about the importance of parental contributions, please click here. Parents wishing to make a monthly contribution can download the Standing Order and Gift Aid forms.
- Holland Trip
Holland Trip reminders
Students who have signed up for the Holland trip between 23-25 October 2014 are requested to email their passport number to Mrs Charlton as soon as possible.
We will be holding a Parents Information Evening on 29 September at 7pm.
- WBGS Family Draw
Congratulations to the holder of ticket no. 03 – you are last term's Family Draw Winner!!!
The WBGS Family Draw has been set up specifically to help support the students lunch-time and after-school clubs. For as little as £25 per year you would be helping to support over 50 such clubs each year and, if that's not enough, you could be in with a chance of winning a cash prize yourself each term!!!
For more information and for an application form please click here.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & GOOD LUCK!!!
- School Shop
The School Shop is open by appointment only during term-time, week-days. Please email us if you wish to make an appointment to visit the School Shop.
The Shop sells the following items:
- Good quality second hand uniform and sports kit or suits for Sixth Form students
- GCSE and A Level study guides
- Limited Edition WBGS Monopoly sets
- WBGS Christmas Cards
- WBGS Ultimate Christmas Puddings
We would be delighted to have any good quality uniform and suit/s for our School Shop. Please note, we only accept items which are washed and ironed. We would also be happy to take any GCSE/A Level revision guides your son/s no longer need. Please bring everything in bags marked School Shop to the School Reception at you own convenience.
- Options Booklets
- New Yoga Classes
Dynamic Yoga classes at WBGS Sixth Form Centre every Tuesday (7.15 - 8.30pm) and Wednesday (7.30 - 8.45pm) evening starting from September.
Develop Strength, Flexibility and a Calm Mind.
NB Tuesday classes focus on Improving performance in sport
FREE TRIAL CLASS on TUES 9 SEPT or WED 10 SEPT
To book your free trial and for more information please contact Linda Rafferty
- Fathers' Book Club
The next meeting of the Fathers’ Book Club will be on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm in the Clarendon Muse when we will be discussing Farewell my Lovely by Raymond Chandler, with Killshot by Elmore Leonard as an additional read for those who like to do extension work…
All fathers (and non-fathers) welcome!!!
- Head's newsletter
For a copy of the latest Headmaster's Newsletter please click here
- Term Dates 2014-15
SUMMER TERM 2014Tue 22 April Start of termMon 26 May - Fri 30 May (half term)Thur 19 June INSET dayFri 18 July Last day of termAUTUMN TERM 2014Mon 1 Sept INSET dayTue 2 Sept Start of term - Induction day for L6/Year 7Wed 3 Sept Start of term - rest of schoolThur 18 Sept INSET dayFri 24 Oct Occasional DayMon 27 Oct- Fri 31 Oct (Autumn half term)Fri 19 Dec Last day of termSPRING TERM 2015Mon 5 Jan INSET dayTue 6 Jan Start of termMon16 Feb - Fri 20 Feb (half term)Thur 2 April Last day of termSUMMER TERM 2015Mon 20 April Start of TermMon 4 May May Day Bank HolidayMon 25 May- Fri 29 May (half term)Fri 17 July Last day of term