The Art Department is made up of 4 full-time members of staff.
All members of staff teach students from Year 7 to Year13, right across all 3 Key stages. The Art department offers the following specialist Art subjects at KS 4 and KS 5; GCSE Fine Art and GCSE Textiles and at Key Stage 5; AS and ‘A’ Level Fine Art; Fine Art Textiles and Photography.

Ms C McKenna who is Head of Department at Hayes school studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art and Design from 1983 -1986. She taught at St. Francis Xavier Sixth Form College for nine years before taking up the position of Head of Department in September 2004.

Mrs H Dean is Deputy Head of Art and Course leader for our Textile programme who studied Fine Art Textiles Design at the University of Leeds.

Mrs E Maides and Ms J James will be providing maternity cover for Mrs H Dean until the end of December 2019.

Mr J Mathers is course Leader for ‘A ‘Level Photography and studied Fine Art at The University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and has been teaching at Hayes school for 12 years.

Mr J Kent, a teacher of Art and Photography, studied a joint honours in Fine Art and Art History at Kingston University, obtained a PGCE in art and design from Goldsmiths University and has previously been teaching at Holy Cross School, New Malden.


We have five substantial art studios in B Block of the school – Room B1C is equipped with a small computer annex used mainly by exam groups. BGB is our designated Photography suite equipped with 8 PCs all of which are installed with Photoshop 7. All art studios have blackout facilities to allow for the showing of educational videos, slides and PowerPoint Presentations.

At Key Stage 3 students are encouraged to attend a lunch time art club per week and at Key Stages 4 and 5 these sessions are compulsory.
Through funding from our PTA we have acquired a kiln and now offer ceramics to all years.

The Art department also runs Life drawing workshops for Year 13. This is an excellent portfolio building opportunity especially for students who are considering Art college courses. We also have an artist-in-residence programme and annually attract ex-students from Hayes School who have completed their degree courses who work with all year groups sharing their own art practise and advising students on further education progression.


At all Key Stages we offer a dynamic, stimulating and skill-based experience for all our students at Hayes School. Students are initiated in 2D and 3D visual language with the appreciation of a wide range of male and female artists from the past and present. An ethos of hard work, commitment, and individual creativity is demanded at all levels from all students.

At KS 3 students are schooled in a wide variety of techniques, processes and use of media and materials.

At KS 4 and 5 students are selected and supported for successful achievements at GCSE, AS and ‘A’ Level.

Visits to art galleries, museums and student study days are a compulsory part of the creative experience.


Every year since 2011 the Art department has run a BIG DRAW week in October tying in with The National BIG DRAW event which runs throughout the month of October globally. The Hayes Big Drawing extravaganza promotes drawing as a valuable medium for learning and engagement within our school and we run a number of visually exciting drawing workshops held in and around the canteen and Street area of the school. We have primary schools and the elderly from local residential homes also getting involved. It is w wonderful opportunity to celebrate the power of Art as a means of bringing people together.

In February we run a 28 Drawings Later Challenge which began as an online drawing challenge founded by Victoria Evans in 2011. At Hayes we engage both staff and students and parents alike to become involved. It is a wonderful opportunity to bring many people together from all parts of the school. You must make one drawing per day over the month of

February and we have a Friday lunchtime metring to share our art. Then we showcase the amazing and inspiring sketchbooks at the end of the month.
We also encourage our GCSE and ‘A’ Level students to carry out this challenge which is a very useful way of promoting independence and self-motivational skills.


What we would ask of you is that your child is fully equipped with the necessary materials to effectively carry out his/her home works to the highest possible standard.
At KS 3 students should have the following basic equipment;

At KS 4 and 5 the above equipment as well as

Finally at the end of KS 4 and 5 we have ‘End of course’ art exhibitions. This is a wonderful opportunity for family, friends and staff to celebrate the creative achievements of our students. We will warmly welcome your participation in this event.

If you would like to find out more about our department, please do not hesitate in contacting me here at school on 0208 462 2767.

Catherine McKenna
Head of Art


Art Alumni