Our splendid Watson Art School is the perfect environment for our pupils to explore the fine arts.

With galleries, classrooms, a study centre, Art and History of Art Library and individual studio spaces, it is simply the best facility of its kind in any school in Britain.

Bold and forward-looking, the Art Department boasts some of the best exam results in the UK. Pupils are encouraged to develop their awareness of contemporary art and aesthetics, while exploring every facet of making and learning about art.

Pupils are encouraged to develop their awareness of contemporary art.

Art Scholarships are offered to candidates who show evidence of outstanding ability and a strong interest in Art.

We look for evidence of:

• drawing from direct observation through a series of sustained studies;

• a love of art and an awareness of a range of artists including some contemporary art;

• sustained independent work within a theme;

• and, a sense of flexible, open-minded and creative approaches to learning.

At 13+

Depending on the number of applications, we may require candidates to be pre-assessed. If necessary, they will be asked to submit a crosssection of their work on DVD. A shortlist of candidates will then be invited to the Assessment Day when they will be asked to complete an A2 drawing from a still-life set up and present their portfolio to the Art Department. They should bring a portfolio of recent work including a broad selection of work in whichever field of Art the candidate has studied. Two-dimensional work need not be mounted. Photographs or slides of three-dimensional work are preferred. In general, particular attention will be paid to good objective drawing. For those sitting Common Entrance an average pass mark of 55% (with a minimum of 50% in the core subjects at Level 2) will be expected. For those taking Stowe’s own Entry Papers a minimum pass mark of 55% will also be expected in the Entrance Examinations.

Scholarship Entry Day Process

• Submission of portfolio of recent work.
• A2 still-life drawing assessment.
• Interview with the Head of Art.

At 16+

Candidates will be required to provide a portfolio of recent work for assessment. This should contain a broad selection of work in whichever field of Art has been studied. Two-dimensional work need not be mounted. Photographs or slides of three-dimensional work are preferred. Particular attention will be paid to good objective drawing. Candidates will attend an art and pastoral interview and are also required to pass Stowe’s Entry Examinations, held in the November of their GCSE year, in two subject papers (related to their A Level choices). Candidates will be expected to achieve a minimum of 6 B grades or above, or the points equivalent, at GCSE.