The Angmering School exhibition ‘one of the best’

Charlie Brown with his Design and Technology Young Craftsman of the Year award DM1509819a
Charlie Brown with his Design and Technology Young Craftsman of the Year award DM1509819a

EXAM students at The Angmering School put their art, design and technology work on display last week.

The annual exhibition featured product design, systems control, textiles, photography and artwork.

A dramatic painting by GCSE student Sabina Silver DM1509828a

A dramatic painting by GCSE student Sabina Silver DM1509828a

One student, 17-year-old Storm Meakin had work in three areas of the exhibition, as she is taking A-levels in textiles, photography and fine art.

Her fashion project was based around nature, resulting in a top covered in flowers made from various materials. Her fine art focused on reflective surfaces, while her photography was a personal journey through her love of music.

“A lot of the textiles work was new to me, so I learned a lot of new skills,” she said.

“I love music and with my photographs, I wanted evidence of interaction with music and the atmosphere of a concert.”

Grace Curran with her artistic studies of a pomegranate''DM1509803a

Grace Curran with her artistic studies of a pomegranate''DM1509803a

Sam Hobbs, head of art and photography at A-level, said: “I really try to teach them to take a good photograph. There is a little bit of manipulation but we want them to have those core skills.”

The fine art displays were among the best she had seen at the school, she said, highlighting bird paintings by Eloise Dilnutt.

“With all the students’ work this year, it is very different. They have developed their own styles and that is most pleasant.”

Jan Sylvester, key stage three subject leader, spoke about the textiles students.

Soipet Rattanarak liked the look of this Cornwall house DM1509752a

Soipet Rattanarak liked the look of this Cornwall house DM1509752a

“What I think is lovely is that all the products are quite different. I encourage the students to follow their strengths and work on what inspires them most.

“They have worked really hard and I am pleased with the results. Some of them are quite creative and experimental, which I like.”

Mrs Carrie Brixey, design technology teacher, said a lot of the graphic products students go on to study architecture at university.

“At AS level, they have to make an exact replica of an existing building. At A2, they do a real project, finding a client and following it through, for example designing a Scout hut or a seafront café.”

Storm Meakin, 17, with the top she covered with flowers DM1509775a

Storm Meakin, 17, with the top she covered with flowers DM1509775a

Many students, like 17-year-olds Emma Brown, Drew Caughlin and Soipet Rattanarak, use Rightmove to find a house to model.

Emma said: “I like the front of the house with all the woodwork. It is quite beachy.”

Drew said: “I wanted something that would challenge me. The roof was extremely difficult to do and I was restricted with the number of views given, so I had to find a way to get it correct.”

Siopet’s house included a huge balcony. She said it was by the beach in Cornwall and liked the way it looked.

Mr Kaa Rasarathnam, who teaches A-level product design, said: “It is nice to teach, because they can each make something different. It is nice to see them materialise things and to put in the effort and time.”

John McNamara, key stage four co-ordinator for technology, added: “They don’t just build a product to look nice, it has to work. It is all encompassing. We are very proud of them.”

Drew Caughlin found the roof of her house particularly difficult, but she had wanted to challenge herself DM1509770a

Drew Caughlin found the roof of her house particularly difficult, but she had wanted to challenge herself DM1509770a

Many of them exhibited at the South of England Show and year 13 student Charlie Brown won the Design and Technology Young Craftsman of the Year award.

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Workbooks made by GCSE students DM1509833a

Workbooks made by GCSE students DM1509833a

Emma Brown with her exact replica of a real house she found on Rightmove DM1509759a

Emma Brown with her exact replica of a real house she found on Rightmove DM1509759a