High standard helps encourage students

Tasha White paints her face to match her artwork
Tasha White paints her face to match her artwork

CREATIVE talents at Steyning Grammar School impressed visitors to a showcase exhibition.

The summer art, technology and photography exhibition was open to the public and many spoke of the high standard of work.

Lydia Maglennon working on Power in the Hands of the Ocean

Lydia Maglennon working on Power in the Hands of the Ocean

Work by around 500 GCSE, BTech and A-level students from various departments, including art, graphics, engineering and food technology, went on display on Thursday, June 12.

Head teacher Nick Wergan said: “The breadth of creative outcomes from our students is remarkable, and testimony to their skill and the great support from our staff.

“Anyone attending will have been taken aback by the talent of young people today.”

The 125 GCSE art students displayed exam work entitled Order and/or Disorder and 15 BTech visual arts students showed their short animation films.

At AS-level, the 57 art and photography students displayed examination work on the theme Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and 54 photography A-level students responded to the theme Growth and Evolution.

Amanda Duke, faculty leader for creative and performing arts, said: “People were amazed by the items on display, proving that our students’ positive and focused enthusiasm has brought remarkable outcomes.”

More than 200 students displayed work spanning the seven technology subjects.

Modern technologies used at the school impressed the AQA exam board during a recent visit, particularly the use of virtual modelling as a design tool.

Chris Gibbs, faculty leader for technology, said: “This high standard of work has had a positive impact on numbers. Next year for the first time, our A-level product design will expand from two to three classes, encompassing over 40 students.

“The community around the school is an important factor and is evident in many students work. Our resistant materials group runs a candle holder design project in conjunction with a local church every year and our product design group exhibits its first year design projects based on Shoreham Airport and the Art Deco style.

“These projects and many others looked fantastic and showed the very high standard of work produced by technology students.”