Arts & Photography

In years 7 and 8 we cover all the main skill areas such as: drawing, photography, painting, mixed media, printing, clay, sculpture and textiles as least twice to build up knowledge and experience. Alongside this key artistic language is expressed, identified and explained in detail with examples.
  • We use a variety of student and teacher exemplar work to show all students what the potential outcome could be like at a variety of levels, in order to promote and help students improve
  • The start and ends of lessons are often used to recall information from previous lessons or recap information from that lesson.

In year 9 student can choose to study Photography or Art/Textiles to give students a more specific learning experience in those areas- such as techniques and artists/photographers.

At GCSE the students start off very teacher led whereby it is modelled how to create the most successful project, again recapping how to best use a wide variety of techniques or media. Slowly the students are given more independence in their learning and can start to make their projects more personal- e.g. choosing their own artists to work from.

In all year groups, we routinely use questioning and set annotation tasks to check on and develop use of artistic language and understanding.

You can see an overview of our arts and photography curriculum here and more detail on the topics studied in each year group here.

You can also see our teachers' open evening presentations below:


PACA’s art department has one of the best reputations in the city, and quite rightly so with an astonishing 41% of students achieving A*/A at GCSE. Feedback from Brighton Festival’s Open House event showed how impressed visitors were with the quality and volume of art that fills our school.

Results are consistently amongst the best at GCSE and A-level for art, photography and textiles. With open plan teaching spaces, an art gallery and access to specialist facilities such as a kiln, there is nothing our students can’t achieve.

Classwork is supplemented with trips that have recently included:

  • London Zoo
  • The National Gallery
  • Jerwood Gallery (London)
  • Printmaking workshops at Brighton University
  • Brighton College
  • Print making exhibition
  • Photoshoots

It’s a really creative school and encourages students to achieve their potential and to help them pursue their dreams. They also have so many clubs to get involved in its unbelievable! 

PACA Student


In Photography we cover a wide range of digital and manual techniques. This course is suited to creative students who thrive independently and who want to learn a number of skills.

The course is solely based on Digital Photography in which Photoshop is at the heart and cameras are recommended but are not essential.

Photography has been a popular choice at the Academy since its introduction several years ago. We are proud of the results achieved by our students and the high standard set. We hope you enjoy looking through our gallery at our fantastic past and present work.


Recent student work

Once again this year our GCSE and A Level students have produced some stunning pieces for their art, photography and textiles course work.

Our Art Department has a great reputation locally and this year's students have certainly lived up to this high standard.

Sadly we can't put everything on display in the academy this year, but you can virtually wander through the exhibition by clicking on the links below.


 GCSE Art 



  A Level Art 



 GCSE Photography 



 A Level Photography 



 GCSE Textiles