Art Scholarships

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The Art Department:

The Art department is housed in a purpose-built Art School which was opened by Sir Christopher Frayling in 2008. It houses four beautifully lit studios and we also have a darkroom for traditional photography. Each studio offers an area of specialism from drawing and painting through to printmaking and three dimensional work. We follow a Fine Art programme which is supported by core foundation skills. We encourage independence supported by knowledge, research and understanding. There are many opportunities to work within the Art School at lunchtimes and after school. Students are supported by artists/teachers who continue with their own practice and have exceptional subject knowledge.

Art Scholars can expect to benefit from:

  • Regular after school workshops with Mr Preedy or another member of the teaching staff, where all Art Scholars work together as a group from Year 7 to Year 13
  • Visiting artists and speakers from museums
  • Opportunities to develop their own work, supported by the Art staff
  • Opportunities to run their own clubs and activities
  • Supporting the Art department at Art School events
  • Opportunities to attend ‘Life Drawing’ classes
  • Opportunities for, at least, two Art trips a year to galleries, museums or artists’ studios.
  • Typically, a specialist scholarship is worth a 10% remission on the tuition fees. In certain cases, an Honorary Scholarship may be awarded, and whilst there is no monetary benefit, girls have full access to the Scholars’ programme.

The Expectations of an Art Scholar:

We, as a department, expect an Art Scholar to be passionate about making art. Their interest in art and art-making should be obvious through the extra activities they have participated in, such as keeping a sketchbook, attending workshops and attending exhibitions. We look for an interest in creativity more generally, and across all art making media. We are especially keen to see evidence of core drawing skills where a young Art Scholar can show that they can record accurately from life through drawing. We want an Art Scholar to be brave and ambitious for themselves. We also want them to be able to show discipline and a willingness to engage with the Art department in order to be the very best of themselves creatively. There is an expectation that an Art Scholar will study Art throughout their school life, leading to either at A-Level or IB. Many of our Art Scholars have gone on to make an application to Art School or to another creative based course – Architecture, Film Making or Design.


Applications are made directly through the school for Year 7, 9 and 12 Art Scholarships. Portfolios should be submitted and the candidate should evidence both their ability in Art and their level of interest and commitment to the subject. A short interview will then take place with the Director of Art, Mr Graeme Preedy. A short statement will also be requested where the candidate should make clear why they are interested in Art and why they want to be an Art Scholar at the Royal High School Bath.

For further details, please contact Registrar Francesca Orr on

Tel: 01225 313877, Fax: 01225 465446.