Visual Arts

Sydenham School Virtual Art Show

Sydenham School PTA is proud to announce its exciting new fundraising event: the Sydenham School Virtual Art Show!

Anyone can take part – by making art, buying art or both! For just £2, you can submit a piece of original artwork which will then be displayed in our online gallery alongside work by professional local artists (but no one will know whose work is whose!). You can use anything you like from pen and ink, collage and watercolours to pencil, photography and oils – the choice is yours.

When the gallery opens to buyers on 1 July, see how quickly your work gets snapped up, or buy a picture yourself (who knows, you might end up with a valuable piece of art).

So, come on – spread the word to everyone you know who loves being creative. You have until 30 June to get your work into the gallery!

Check out the Virtual Art Show and find out more at All proceeds go to support Sydenham School students who are struggling as a result of Covid-19.

The deadline for online submissions is 30 June. Artworks must be delivered to Sydenham School (or collected by a member of the PTA) on 13 or 14 July. Please contact us to find out more.

We really hope that you will join our Virtual Art Show and look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Caia Henderson

Curriculum Leader for Visual Arts

Sydenham School

Royal Academy Young Artists' Summer Show

Studying Art and design will equip students with the knowledge and skills to developing creative thinking and making skills.  Students will learn about the history of art throughout their courses to engage and inspire them to understand, express and challenge the world around them. We believe that every person can get better at Art. With the right type of practice and focus, every single student can improve their art skills.

 Key Stage Three

KS3 Art teaching will build students’ knowledge of art techniques including drawing, designing and making. Art history and contextual studies underpin our enquiry question, in supporting students to reflect on and respond to the world around them in creative ways. Students explore themes such as ‘Identity’ and Psychogeography in response to the local community to create a range of two- and three dimensional works.

 Key Stage Four

GCSE Art and Design is a practical course, full of challenging activities to develop students’ art skills. Being creative with a range of materials and techniques including drawing, printing, ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography, the digital arts and collage. Using a deliberate practise approach students develop high levels of technical skill for in-depth visual expression. An introduction to art history is taught and students develop skills for artists’ analysis.

 Key Stage Five

KS5 Students are offered the Fine art and art history pathways. A Level Art courses are broad and expressive, designed to develop and nurture students critical thinking, creative and analytical skills, through a range of art making experiences. Students are expected to work independently to steer their thematic ideas and personal approach to materials. Students showcase their work at the Young London Artists Award exhibition in January, presenting their ideas to visiting professional judges. Students move into the creative sector through FE courses at both degree and foundation level.


Arts policy

Year 10 and 11 GCSE coursework from 2019/20 that is on display in the Sainburys' window at Forest Hill

Young London Artist's Exhibition 2020

Our Young London Artist's award

The annual A Level art exhibition was a showcase of the highest standards. Students submitted work from dazzling light sculpture, beautifully designed environmental protest banners, film, hand drawn animation, photography and fine art painting and drawing and a cup of Chinese tea!

Students presented creative responses to wide ranging themes exploring historical, political and personal ideas. Talking to judges Phil Ball, award winning Science writer and BBC broadcaster and Kate Wilson, Royal Academy graduate, published author and Head of the Foundation course at Morley College. Winning Student Catalina Rivera produced an amazing installation to celebrate her Grandmother, centre stage was a beautiful oil painted portrait. Mia Budd won runner-up with her hard hitting film and installation about childhood. Pia Houghton-Budd was highly commended for her installation and film. The peoples choice voted by visitors on the night went to Khamin Calliste Black for large scale expressive self-portraits.

We were pleased to have the support of ex-students, current students, parents, governors and teachers. Great thanks to all the staff and teachers who's hard work and committed support with our students made for such a challenging and enriching evening of celebration.

Ms C. Henderson

Curriculum Leader Visual Arts

Visual Arts Staff

A brilliant workshop with Sydenham lens Artist John Russell really inspired our Year 11 GCSE students to get more involved with photography by taking good mobile phone images using recommended apps.

We will be entering the Sydenham Lens photography competition.