Today, photography has become a powerful means of communication and a mode of visual expression that touches human life in many ways.
Photographs are used extensively in our everyday lives from newspapers, magazines and books, to television. Photographs can also be objects of art that explore the human condition and provide visual understanding.
The facilities at Bede's are exceptional; two traditional dark rooms and a suite of Apple Macs allow you to learn how to use 35mm manual cameras, develop film, manipulate images using Adobe Photoshop and discover the possibilities of shutter speed, ISO and aperture in order to produce striking imagery.
There is a strong emphasis on creativity and personal expression as well as skills and techniques to help express inventiveness within Photography.
Photography is an option for all First Year pupils and they will learn traditional darkroom skills along with innovative approaches to the medium.
The two-year Photography GCSE course is taught during activity time twice a week and we pride ourselves on developing the passion and creativeness of Bede's pupils who want to explore their ideas and visions.
Photography is a popular A-Level option, with many pupils attracted to the combination of technical instruction and the creative freedom it offers. Our aim during the course is to not only introduce pupils to a range of techniques, but to also enable them to appreciate the different meanings within an image and also express their ideas through photography.
An A-Level in Photography at Bede's School can lead to related further education courses and ultimately onto a wide range of creative careers.
Many of our pupils have gone on to study Photography, Film and Art at Universities and Colleges throughout the UK and abroad.
The success and quality of our pupils work has enabled them to gain places at a variety of courses at top UK institutions such as The University of Falmouth, St Martins, Chelsea School of Art, London College of Fashion and Royal College of Art.
“ There is nothing more satisfying than enabling a pupil to take an idea, refine and develop it, and see them create something truly unique and inspirational. ”
Ema Excell, Head of Photography and Dorter House Tutor
22 August 2019
Bede’s pupils have achieved another excellent set of GCSE result with 78% of grades at 9 – 5 level, the equivalent of A*-B.
15 August 2019
Congratulations to this year’s Upper Sixth who achieved 70% A*- B grades with half of all grades at A*- A.
8 July 2019
Wynn's photograph was selected the winner out of 150 entries by A Level and GCSE pupils from across the South East.
“There is nothing more satisfying than enabling a student to take an idea, refine and develop it, and see them create something truly unique and inspirational.”
Ema Excell, Head of Photography, Teacher of Art and Design and Dorter House Tutor
“We believe art, when done well, is one of the most important, challenging and rewarding disciplines.”
Jonathan Turner, Head of Art and Design and Deis House Tutor