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 Parents' & Professionals' Evening & OCR Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday 21 November at 5.30pm.

'Remapping the profiles of children who struggle at school' by Dr Duncan Astle - THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL

Creative & Performing Arts

Art & Design Technology

The Art Department at Fairley House School has an expressive, creative ethos, which is supported by lively, and dynamic teaching at all levels of study. The department aims to stimulate and foster individual development through a wide range of activities including painting, drawing, printmaking, 3D modelling and construction.  The department emphasises contextual studies as an integral element in all its courses and values sketchbook-based research as an essential tool in the creative process for pupils of all ages.  We have a wide range of activities on offer to all year-groups, which include after school clubs, workshops with visiting art specialists, outside speakers and trips.

Projects are especially chosen to capture student’s enthusiasm and imagination whilst developing the skills needed for further study at Key Stage 4. We believe that it is important that our projects are perceived to be fun by students but also allow them to experiment with a range of different materials and techniques.




Our aims are:

  • To teach students the basic rules of Art
  • To develop students fine motor skills
  • To deliver transdisciplinary lessons 
  • To help students refine their application of the formal elements
  • To develop students handling of materials and media
  • To encourage experimentation through the use of materials and media
  • To teach students how to refine ideas into practical work
  • To develop and extend students practical skills and their verbal and visual literacy
  • To encourage creative risks 
  • To encourage observational skills, using observation from life 
  • To encourage independence
  • To give students confidence, enthusiasm and a sense of achievement
  • To teach students to recognise other people’s Art and other artists’ methods, and to use them in their own work
  • To teach students to develop their own ideas, from the design stage through to the end product
  • To increase student understanding and appreciation of art, artists, craftsmen and designers
  • To develop imaginative and original thought and experimentation



There are no mistakes in art, only opportunities.

Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, children investigate colour, pattern, shape and form. They use a range of materials to create their own drawings, paintings, 3D models and collages. Each year they are encouraged to build on existing skills and develop them further. 

Children are given opportunities to develop their observation skills by looking closely at objects while drawing. They learn the basic principles of perspective in landscapes and how this affects how objects are depicted in relation to each other, and they also learn the proportions of the human form. The children are taught different drawing techniques and are encouraged to apply these techniques to their own work, using a range of materials. They learn the basic principles of line drawing and shading and develop skills in representing form using a variety of drawing equipment, including charcoal and ink. Children learn about the simple theories of colour and colour mixing, including mixing tints and shades. They learn that colour can be used to express emotion. They use colour in different mediums, including pastels, felt tips and pencils, and they experiment with applying watercolour and acrylic paint. Children are taught how to create simple repeat patterns and use different materials to produce block prints, including lino cuts. They also experience creating 3D forms using air-drying clay and other modelling materials.


For each project, children investigate the work of an artist or a group of artists. They are encouraged to look closely at the work and to describe what they see within it. They learn to justify their views and opinions when critiquing the work of well-known artists and begin to use more advanced language when talking about their own work. Children learn to value their own work and are encouraged to improve on their own skills.

Following the Art and Design curriculum at KS3, students have the opportunity to experience various methods of building, observational drawing, still life painting, portraits, mosaics, pattern making, masks, clay work, rubbings, collage, lino printing, wire construction, abstract art and papier mache.

In Year 8 students will choose whether they want to continue with Art or Design in Year 9.  We currently offer the NCFE Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates in Art and Design

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Performing Arts

All children at Fairley House have weekly Music and Drama lessons. The approach is multisensory and the aim is to instil a sense of enjoyment in both of these subjects. Children are given the freedom to express their creativity in fun and imaginative ways, through the medium of song, dance and performance. 

During lessons, children develop a practical understanding of both Music and Drama, as well as exploring the many skills needed to be a good musician or actor. These include good co-ordination, quick reactions and good listening skills. They are also encouraged to work together as a team, which builds confidence, concentration and social awareness.

As well as being enjoyable, regular singing practice can help with the development of breath control, voice projection, communication skills and teamwork. Dance also has many benefits for our children, as it involves listening to music, learning steps and routines and training the mind to remember them. Dancing regularly can improve a child’s flexibility, their physical strength and stamina and even their range of motion. The repetitive nature of dance, doing the same steps or moves repeatedly, increases muscle tone, coordination and balance. Most of all, it is a very enjoyable way to express creativity.  

Each year, pupils in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 give performances to the rest of the school and parents. This often includes work they have created and developed themselves. Pupils feel an incredible sense of achievement and pride after performing and this really helps to boost confidence and self-esteem. In the Junior School, Year 5 take part in a yearly ‘Talent Show’ and the winners feel honoured to perform to the audience at Prizegiving.

Fairley House offers extra-curricular music sessions.  As well as break-time music clubs, we have peripatetic music teachers who currently offer guitar and drumming lessons. Our excellent location in central London means that we have a wealth of culture to enjoy and learn from on our doorstep. Trips to nearby attractions such as Shakespeare’s Globe and other theatres are organised on a regular basis.  We have also hosted educational workshops on both school sites. 

Instrumental lessons

Children can learn many instruments, including the drums, guitar (acoustic and electric), flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder, voice, piano and violin. Performances are encouraged in assemblies and at Prize Giving at the end of each term.