In their first year all students study Art, Digital Art and Cookery for three periods a week. For the two GCSE years, all students follow a creative option, of which Art and Design, Photography and Catering is one of three options. A level and Extended Project courses provide further specialist opportunities.  The courses provide students understanding of the diverse approaches to and the expressive qualities of the visually and help to develop an historical/critical awareness and artistic vocabulary. Our teaching scaffolds many skills but the essential aims are to stimulate curiosity, individuality, expressive confidence, independent learning and an awareness for culture.


Cooking at Burlington Danes sits within the Art and Technology Faculty but is somewhat separate from it. Our course seeks to teach students to cook healthy food in their home and adult lives, and to teach this in an applied and practical manner. We want our students to learn a range of recipes and cookery skills that will enable them to cook responsibly and economically in adult life. Students are then well prepared to take GCSE Hospitality and Catering. 


Under the general banner of Fine Art, Photography and Cookery the possibilities for personal expression are endless, making it exciting and challenging for students to develop with personalised projects tailored to their skill and ambitions. Students have the opportunity to choose to work across all the disciplines, allowing much scope for individually tailored research and development.

A level

Work at this level gives our students a unique opportunity to develop a portfolio of sophisticated art and photography. This broad ranging course gives plenty of opportunity to continue a practically based personal journey of discovery followed by a response to an externally set brief. Component 1 of the A level, a personal investigation, carries 60% of the marks, which includes written personal study of a minimum 2000 words. Component 2, the externally set assignment, carries 40% of the marks.


A wide range of activities and events are available outside the curriculum for anyone interested in Art, Design, Photography or Cookery. Students take advantage of supervised studio sessions during the lunch breaks and after school. Students enjoy and participate in evening and weekend Art based enrichment activities organised by school.  These include weekend workshops both internal and external, weekend visits to exhibitions and competitions