Trips and Visits

Trips and Visits

The Sculpture Park 17th Mar 2022

On Thursday the 17th March, both Year 10 and 11 Art GCSE students visited The Sculpture Park in Surrey. We were fortunate that it was warm and sunny, making the experience even more enjoyable. There were a wide variety of sculptures on display as we walked along the scenic forest route: I was surprised to see the numerous materials used. For example, there was a sculpture of four horses that was constructed out of several ingenious items: even dolls, which was a little unsettling. I loved the sculptures that included coloured blown glass: there were some blown glass flowers which I thought were very pretty. There were many sculptures of animals, too. I think my favourite would be the human-sized weasel! As it was a lovely day, the walk was pleasant, enjoyable and quite fun as we had to cross many small bridges across miniature streams. A sculpture that really stuck out to me was an interactive piano sculpture in which you could actually press down on the keys! It was great and the sheer amount of work and technicality that went into it was highly impressive to say the least. Overall, it was a lovely experience. We had a great place to have lunch as we could admire the artwork from the benches we sat at and the park itself was very well maintained and quite easy to navigate as we followed the coloured arrows of our choosing. It was  great exposure to have as an Art student!

- Nandini Dutta and Sanchali Sreelan (Year 11 GCSE Art Students)



Tate Britain 30th Sep 2021

On Thursday 30th September, Year 10 and 11 GCSE Art students visited Tate Britain. After such a long wait, it was an experience that the students thoroughly enjoyed. Pencil and books in hand, students were tasked with finding art that inspired them. Students were encouraged to consider whether the work evoked thoughts, memories or reactions and to be able to express their opinion in a constructive manner. One such piece that stood out to a number of students was the painting of a portrait by John Simpson. ‘Head of a Man (?Ira Frederick Aldridge)’ The famous actor in the painting was the first African American man to have a leading role in a Shakespearean play. More information about this painting can be found here

The students thoroughly enjoyed their time and look forward to visiting many more galleries in the future.



Antony Gormley - Retrospect

Royal Academy 7th Nov 2019

Current Year 10 GCSE students went on a trip to visit the Royal Academy’s Gormley exhibition.

Students were able to explore rarely seen artwork from sketchbooks and drawings as well as incredible sculptures and large scale installations made from a variety of materials such as iron, steel and clay. Highlights included Iron Baby, a solid black iron sculpture that lay on the ground in front of the Royal Academy entrance and Clearing VII, a room full of coiled metal that looked like a gigantic bunch of 3D scribbles.

Gormley, a British sculptor, likes to explore the human form in his art. The most famous monumental sculpture being The Angel of the North. This exhibition lived up to expectations with many of the visitors being wowed at each turn. The Year 10s thoroughly enjoyed their day and highly recommend visiting.


Pierre Bonnard - The Colour of Memory

Tate Modern 14th Mar 2019

GCSE students were fortunate enough to witness some spectacular art currently on display at the Tate Modern, London.

The students spent the day exploring and learning about contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei, as well as work by artists such as Dali and Picasso. For many this was their first visit to the well-known London gallery and proved to be an exciting and inspirational visit.

The focus of the day was to attend the Bonnard ‘The Colour of Memory’ exhibition. Here, students learnt about the artist, what influenced his style, the importance of his work and the legacy he left behind. The year 10s spent the morning creating drawings of some of Bonnard’s most popular paintings in the hope that Bonnard’s work will continue to inspire their work in the classroom.

A Work of Art - A Personal Journey
At The Curve 5th Nov - 3rd Dec 2018

A Work of Art’ is an exhibition of work created by students from different secondary schools within Slough. Art work from Herschel Grammar, Beechwood, Burnham Grammar and Langley Grammar will be exhibited at The Curve from Monday 5th Nov to Monday 3rd December 2018. The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate the wonderful talent and creativity that exists, often within schools that the public rarely get to view. With a focus on ‘outstanding’, the pieces are based on various projects with different ideas and styles. 



On 18 October 2018 GCSE students went to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to take part in a ceramics workshop with ceramicist Bethan Lloyd Worthington.

The students spent the morning creating expressive observational drawings and responding to selected text. Later, students used their observational studies to influence their clay sculptures. Having covered all of the assessment objectives in just one day, the students came away with new skills and techniques that they will be able to use for future projects.  

Please visit our Gallery page to see some of our students artwork.