Art and Design

Art & Design is a vibrant and inspirational creative outlet at Ffynone House School, and examination results are excellent. Students consistently achieve 100% A*-C grades at both GCSE and A Level, and our individual learning approach enables them to attain the highest level for their potential, and well above the national average.

Art studentWe aim to develop an appreciation of visual culture, and to provide opportunities to experience a wide range of creative activities. Curriculum-wide classes foster ability by creating an environment that enables talents to emerge. Small groups help to indentify pupils’ interests and allow for individual study paths.

In addition to critical skills, students develop investigative, analytical and interpretive capabilities, aesthetic understanding, and the ability to realise intentions. They also acquire a knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary societies, and in other times and cultures.

Pupils enjoy working on live briefs and cross-curricular projects, and students from all years are involved in designing sets, costumes, props and make-up for our internal and external productions. Competitions are held for pupils to submit work for poster designs, and our Graphic Design pupils help towards designing programmes for school, services, productions and events.


Seascape collageInteresting trips and visits support learning and development of understanding. Our beautiful location close to the bay and harbour also provides plenty of opportunity to practise recording through drawing, painting and photography.

We also invite artists into the school to run workshops to extend pupils’ knowledge of materials and different techniques.

Students are successful in local and national competitions, which also enhance their learning experiences. These have included “My Swansea”, a short film competition, open to young people all over the world.

The Ffynone House family ethos is evident in the supportive relationship between our older and younger pupils, and our senior artists help to develop younger pupils by showing and explaining their work and providing inspiration.