Meet the Photography team
Welcome to the Photography Department
Vision, Curriculum, Homework & Examinations
Specialising in digital photography, we aim to equip our students with the confidence, skills and ability to be creative and to form an understanding of the photographic image, traditional and contemporary theories and processes in this subject. Living in an increasingly visual and digital world, students investigate different forms of photography and through researching and analysing the work of others they develop their understanding and appreciation of photography in order to create their own imagery and develop ideas, skills and enjoy the possibilities within this creative subject.
We focus on achieving the highest outcomes using photographic processes including the study of lighting, editing and planning an effective photo shoot.
The creative industries are growing at a rate far beyond other sectors of the economy and we aim to prepare our students for the next step to a creative future by continuing on to higher education or apprenticeships and the many opportunities that lay in the field of photography.
Students can select photography as a separate option from year 9. Students will experience photography as part of Art lessons in years 7 and 8.
GCSE photography begins in Year 9 to allow the students to have three years to develop their work and responses to different projects. In year 9 projects are mainly teacher led, targeting key areas of study and building knowledge. The aim is to reinforce and develop key skills and explore different qualities, styles and processes in order to equip students for more independent projects in years 10 and 11.
Skills are developed further and students embark on their major coursework project. Students select and research a range of photographers and respond to their work in personal ways. Developing their knowledge and understanding through explorations and investigations guided by the teacher provides students with the opportunity to be creative and expressive in their work.
Students produce their final responses to their coursework project. They will work to a Christmas deadline and in January they will prepare for their GCSE Photography exam component 2 worth 40% of their overall grade.
How do we assess students in Photography?
Key stage 4
Assessment in GCSE Photography uses the exam board assessment objectives and marking criteria.
The coursework component forms 60% of overall marks and the exam project including a final piece completed in a 10 hour supervised period forms 40%
60% Coursework Component 1
40% Exam Component 2
GCSE students will also receive one set task per week which will vary in length and may be research or analysis based. Students may be asked to take their own photographs outside school therefore access to a camera would be helpful. They will be expected to extend their classwork outside normal lesson times in order to achieve their full potential as and when necessary.