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GCSE Photography students do it again!Batley School of Art GCSE Photography

Wednesday 18th of September 2013

Students from Batley School of Art have yet again had an extremely successful year on the GCSE Photography course as part of the college’s provision for 14-16 year olds.

Students from Holmfirth High School and St John Fisher’s Catholic High have all achieved an A*-C grade this summer.

Over the last five years, 87 learners aged 14-16 have completed this course at the Batley School of Art, with a staggering 93 per cent of these gaining an A*-C grade. This is well above national benchmarks and is highly recognised by the schools involved and the exam board Edexcel.

Studying a course in a college environment from the age of 14 gives learners the opportunity to work in a professional environment with dedicated staff. The college personalises the curriculum, which rewards the learners more than a rigid mechanical way of teaching would.

The college works closely with Kirklees Collegiates who help to recruit in schools, liaise with the college, monitor student attendance and progress and keep the schools informed.

In a report from Edexcel, the external examiner commented, “This is an excellent centre, it has an atmosphere conducive to learning and the students all have a considerable knowledge and understanding of the subjects taught. The photography department has endeavored to display the work presented for moderation wherever possible. It is a well-organised environment. The photography department has long serving, experienced, dedicated staff and this is reflected in both the quantity and the quality of output”.

The GCSE photography course is built around providing a stimulating environment where ideas and discussion are promoted. The course is designed around the learners that makes it 100 per cent student centred.

Course tutor Oliver Boothroyd said, “Our success is down to treating each learner as an individual. Students from this course have access to industry standard software and equipment, with film and DSLR cameras, as well as two black and white darkrooms, a drive-in photography studio and a state of the art computer room.

“We are delighted with yet another year of outstanding results. We demonstrated and showed the work off to the public, with the student exhibition part of CREATE 2013.” On completing his course, student Tom Cousins said, “The atmosphere you created has been lovely to be in, thanks very much!”

Ro Lister from Holmfirth High School received the Grahame Naylor award for Outstanding Creativity and Dedication to the course, resulting in an A* grade.

Students from this course have now progressed onto level 3 courses within the college and others continuing studying photography at local colleges and sixth forms.

Oliver added, “In a time where education is all about change we must recognise that creativity in schools and colleges is as important as English and maths, and should be treated with the same status.”

Batley School of Art GCSE Photography