Steyning Grammar School Summer Art, Photography, Media and Technology Exhibition June 11th 2015
17th June 2015

The school opened its doors to the public on 11th June for a special Art, Photography, Media and Technology Exhibition to celebrate the abundant creativity at Steyning Grammar School.  This impressive exhibition featured work of some 500 students from various departments including Art, Animation, Photography, Film and Media and Technology who have recently completed GCSE, BTEC, AS and A level courses.  The public filled the school for the unique showcase event.

Nick Wergan, Head teacher, Steyning Grammar School said: “The talent on display is quite superb, at A-Level and GCSE, and the breadth and depth across genres a real mark of Steyning Grammar School creative excellence. The quality is jaw-dropping – we are very proud of our students’ flair, originality and grit as they develop their ideas and work into final pieces, and thank our staff for their inspirational support.”

Claire Vilday, Faculty Leader for Creative and Performing Arts at Steyning Grammar School, commented:  ‘People were amazed by the high quality and diversity of the students work, proving that our students’ positive and focused enthusiasm has brought remarkable outcomes.’



Our GCSE Art students (122 candidates) displayed their examination work entitled ‘Together and/or Apart’.  The theme this year seemed to generate a lot of interest in relationships, mixed media and expressive portraits.  Students excelled themselves in painting in particular.

Our GCSE animation students (candidates) showed their short animation films and a range of photographic outcomes.  Students used a variety of different styles and genres including hand drawn, stop motion and live animation.  Students from this course have had a good insight into use of new media in Art and Design.



 At AS level the growing number of Art and Photography students (59 students) displayed examination work created in response to the theme ‘Relationships’.  Students had to think carefully about how to avoid being literal or obvious with their interpretation of this theme.  They managed this well by gathering their own resources and developing exciting solutions in watercolour, acrylic, poster paint, ICT drawing programmes, dry point etching, graphite and textiles. They were supported by a great visit to London Galleries.

Our large group of Art and Photography A level students (54 candidates) responded to a theme ‘Flaws and Perfections, Compromise or Ideal’.   This was a great theme for students leaving the school.  One student decided to create an installation which was an eclectic mix of period styles, typifying an ordinary person’s home.  Another student researched traditional and contemporary botanical illustration using bleach and ink.  After a visit to the Booth museum and collecting various studies of different insects she created three pieces which demonstrated excellent creativity and impressive details.

As usual students had worked hard to produce exemplary sketchbook work and final outcomes.  



Many of our students will continue their Art education at local Foundation courses.  They have been successful in gaining places at Camberwell, Brighton, Chichester, Paris and Hong Kong and another student continuing art education in Italy.  Many students have offers at a range of prestigious universities including joining degree courses in Fine Art, Digital Photography, Architecture, Animation and Game Design.

This year, for the first time, Media and Film students exhibited their final outcomes and films in an exciting cinema style experience and display.  It was wonderful to celebrate the achievement of all our students at the private view on Thursday 11th June.  Musical interludes, light refreshments and a summer evening provided a fabulous ambience for students and the local community to enjoy.



For more information on the courses available at Steyning Grammar School please visit the curriculum section of our website



About Steyning Grammar School:

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and the International Baccalaureate. An OfSTED ‘good with outstanding features’, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in October 2012, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework.  The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.

Full details can be found on the school’s website

Steyning Grammar School will be celebrating 400 years of excellence during the academic year 2014, visit our website  for more details or to register your interest in the events. 

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