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.
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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
Academy Trust AGM, 5pm
Yr 10 English Controlled Assessment N P T
U6 Parents' Evening
Yr 9 Setpoint G & T STEM Day
Yr 10 English Controlled Assessment N P T
Rugby v QEB
Main School Play
Sixth Form University Challenge
Main School Play
Main School Play
- Friends of WBGS
For information about the Friends of WBGS please click here
- School Play
Students, families and friends are invited to our School Play, Of Mice & Men, on Thur 12, Fri 13 & Sat 14 December from 7.30pm at the James Theatre.
Steinbeck's classic tale of friendship and loyalty in 1930's California is a poignant story and a must-see for all students in years 9-11 who are studying the book for GCSE English Litearute and Language.
For more details and to book your tickets please click here
Please note this play is not suitable for children under 11 years of age.
- Clubs & Societies 2013
For a list of Clubs & Societies available at the School please click here
- Charity Cards
To help with our fundraising effort we are selling unique Xmas cards designed by students, Rupert Woods & Samuel Perfect
The cost is £1 each, or 5 cards for £4 and all proceeds will go to the two charities.
To view the cards on offer and to place an order please click here
Thank you for your support!!
Josh Shemtob (6NGv)
- WBGS Family Draw
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.
- The Gym
Get your body & wallet fit at
with our no joining fee membership!!!
exclusively to Parents & Old Boys of Watford Grammar School for Boys
For a taste of what is on offer at The Gym please sign up for a FREE Induction by emailing your details here
We look forward to seeing you there!!!
For more information about The Gym and our amazing £20 a month (plus VAT) membership please email or call 01923 208900
For a Gym Membership Application Form please click here
For a Membership Standing Order Mandate please click here
For Gym Membership Terms & Conditions please click here
For Opening Times please click here
Use our online payment system to view your child's balance or make dinner money top-ups or other payments quickly and easily.
To use ParentPay please click here
- Options Booklets
- Fullerian Magazine
The Fullerian is published every year in January and captures events at the School from the previous academic year.
For the latest copy of the Fullerian please click here
- Company Sponsors
Thank you to the following companies for their generous support of the School during the current academic year.
- Fathers' book club
Fathers & non-fathers welcome
The next meeting is as follows:
Tuesday 14th January 2014 at 7pm
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick
For the benefit of newcomers, we meet at 7pm in The Clarendon Muse.
- Head's newsletter
For a copy of the latest Headmaster's Newsletter please click here
- Term Dates 2013-14
AUTUMN TERM 2013
Mon 2 Sept INSET day
Tue 3 Sept Start of term (Induction day L6 & Y7)
Wed 4 Sept Start of term (rest of school)
Thu 19 Sept INSET day
Fri 25 Oct Occasional Day
Mon 28 Oct - Fri 1 Nov (half term)
Fri 20 Dec Last day of term
SPRING TERM 2014
Mon 6 Jan Start of term
Mon 17 Feb - Fri 21 Feb (half term)
Fri 4 April Last day of term
SUMMER TERM 2014
Tue 22 April Start of term
Mon 26 May - Fri 30 May (half term)
Thur 19 June INSET day
Fri 18 July Last day of term