Art, Textiles & Photography

Churston Ferrers Grammar School

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the second edition of our e-newsletter celebrating student creativity and hard work at Churston. The Summer and Autumn terms have been jam-packed with many successful projects, exams and trips so far for the department, and 2016 looks to be equally busy with the exciting new build Art block finally being completed...take a look below for all the latest news...


Maria Harris,

Head of Art, Textiles and Photography

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Amazing Stage Set for Wizard of Oz

Thank you to all those who helped out with painting the amazing set for the 'highly acclaimed' school production - The Wizard of Oz! So many student from all year groups helped out and the end result was very professional.

Celebrating Students' Exam Results & Awards!

The department was very pleased with its results this year.


Top student at GCSE Art: Deborah Martin

Top student at GCSE Textiles: Rachel Holland

AS Art 88% A- B , Textiles 100% A- B ,Photography 72%

Top Student AS Art: Joint Verity Child & Emily Thomas

Top Student AS Textiles: Sophie Griffiths

Top Student AS Photography: Phoebe Sommerfield

Top student at A2 Art was Holly Ellard who obtained full marks at A2.

Top student at A2 Textiles was Sarah Craig.

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Fantastic New Art Block Near Completion!

2016 will see the opening of the long awaited New Build! This fantastic resource will house one completely new art room and one renovated one, plus stores and an office upstairs and music studio, offices and practice rooms downstairs. It is scheduled to be completed near February half term, so look out for news of an official opening in the Summer term - a forthcoming exhibition of students' GCSE and Alevel work.

Castle Drogo Visit

The Year 12 Art, Photography and Textile students had a unique opportunity to visit ‘Castle Drogo’ and see its art instillations, sculpture, fine art collection and tapestries. The castle is currently undergoing conservation work, allowing visitors the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see the castle from a variety of different angles.


The aim of the trip was to provide students with inspirational source material for their coursework theme of ‘Structure & Form’. We were allowed up to a viewing tower to get closer than ever before to some of the castle’s amazing features. We climbed 86 steps (20 meters) to look down on the building work taking place on the roof of the castle, the panoramic views of Dartmoor and beautiful the garden and grounds. Students took photographs, produced sketches and are hopefully inspired to create some great work back at school!

Please check out some of our photos from the day on Flickr... https://www.flickr.com/photos/churstongrammar/albums/72157658967876206

Year 9 Textiles Pathway Visit the Clothes Show

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In December, our Year 9 Art Textiles pathway, GSCE and A-level students went to the Clothes Show Live Exhibition at Birmingham NEC. The exhibition showcases many brands and designers that you cannot see on the high street, the latest trends in fashion and makeup, as well as being supported by some of the stalwarts of British Fashion and Textiles such as institutions like Liberty. Plus many of the colleges and universities that run post A-level Textiles courses were there for anyone interested in a career in Fashion or Product Design.


We also were able to see the runway show which was amazing and entertaining. It was a wonderful spectacle that brought together music, lights, dance and fashion. It was particularly interesting and educational for our Year 9 pathway group to see how ideas, seemingly unrelated to fashion, develop and grow through popular culture into items that can be designed to wear on the catwalk and then to our high street stores.

Success for Rotary Young Photographer Competition

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Congratulations to Arthur Rogers, Jess Thomas and Melissa Gilmore who successfully entered the ‘Rotary Young Photographer Competition’. Entrants had to produce a portfolio of three photographs based upon the theme ‘Our Word is Beautiful’ and a brief explaining their inspiration. Arthur Rogers won the local heat and has been selected to enter the district stage of the competition.


Students attended the exhibition on Friday 11th December in the Flavel centre in Dartmouth. Along with receiving certificates and prizes students also received valuable feedback from professional judges.

Churston Welcome Rhino After Successful Alpaca Trail!

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Following on from the successful Alpaca Trail in Summer 2015, Churston applied to decorate a rhino and have been triumphant and taken delivery of a rhino! The Great Big Rhino Trail, will cover Exeter and the English Riviera, and will run from 30th July to 9th October 2016 and promises to be bigger and better than previous trails. It is aimed at engaging communities with a mass exhibition of public art to raise awareness and funds to help Critically Endangered rhinos.


Our alpaca, ‘Cusco’, was very well received and is still in situ outside the school reception area. If you took part in the trail and wanted to find out whether you managed to solve the mystery phrase… it was:

THE TRAIL OF ALPACAS LIES HIDDEN IN THE BAY

Thanks to everyone involved!

Important dates for your diary...

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