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Top School for A Level Art & Design

The Oratory School has been recognised as England’s Top Sixth Form Subject Performer in A Level Art & Design in 2018 by Oxford Analytics.

Pupils have been acknowledged as having achieved the highest national average student progress and the most outstanding A Level performance in this subject in England. As a result, The Oratory is now regarded as the No.1 centre (value added) of all reported centres* that taught A Level Art & Design in England in 2017-18.

Director of Art, Phil Chaundy, said: “Anyone who enters our Art and Design Departments can immediately see the sheer ambition in the quality of creative work produced here. It is great to have received recognition for this.”

Head of Sixth Form, Stephen Burrows, said: “We are rightly proud of our fabulous Art and Design Departments, which are a hub of continuous activity and creativity. Our A Level results were very strong for the last academic year and this is undoubtedly a particular highlight.”

The Oratory Art and Design Departments are described as a “creative oasis” where “the words ‘art department’ simply don’t do justice” by The Good Schools Guide 22nd Edition. The departments are equipped with 12 specialist art studios, which include a photographic studio and darkroom, a clay room, a 3D room, a painting and drawing studio and its very own gallery. Here, anyone can be an artist and anything can be art. All pupils are encouraged to use any material they wish to convey their vision. Recently a pupil spent a short time in hospital and used it as inspiration, turning it into a universal comment on hospital care and mortality using plaster casts from real bones and video loops for his A Level project.

Oxford Analytics exclusively serve the education sector and specialise in supporting post-16 providers in the analysis of performance and the raising of achievement in subjects. One element of research considers student progress in preference to student outcomes, highlighting examples of excellence that are often invisible (and uncelebrated) in headline performance table measures.

The Oratory School is proud to have achieved this significant accolade, which is testament to the talent, dedication, hard work and commitment of The Oratory School’s Art and Design Departments’ staff and their pupils.

Visit our Art and Design Department page to find out more.


*DfE VA report January 2019