Case Study

Community Arts Projects at King Edward’s School, Bath

In 2021, King Edward’s School, Bath began working with staff at Three Ways School, a local Community Special School providing for over 200 pupils with a wide range of special educational needs. The Art and Photography department at KES and staff at Three Ways School established a creative arts partnership, which has since seen the schools working together twice a year to facilitate arts workshops for pupils.

The latest workshop focussed on Photography and took place in the KES Photography department’s photographic studio, dark room, and media suite. The workshop was led by three members of the KES Art and Photography staff, aided by four of their Sixth Form Photography pupils, and was aimed at Sixth Form students, aged between 16-19 years old, from Three Ways School. Seven of whom took part.

The aims of the workshop were to provide an opportunity for the Three Ways School students to develop their photographic and creative skills to support their personal development and for KES to build upon its partnership with Special Schools in the area. Feedback following the workshop highlighted that it did just that, as well as providing a valuable opportunity for the KES students to further develop their teaching and communication skills:

The photography workshop enabled our students to extend their basic photographic skills and knowledge. The structured activities led by the Photography department and supported by KES sixth formers introduced the art of creating cyanotypes and photograms. The studio and darkroom setup unleashed a wealth of creativity and our students really enjoyed the experience of working in a new and professional environment alongside KES pupils.
Jo Stoaling, Head Teacher, Three Ways School
"It was a lovely opportunity. It was good to use tech that we don't have at our school."
Pupil, Three Ways School
"It was really cool!"
Pupil, Three Ways School
Our Year 12 photography students were keen to get involved in the workshop and worked wonderfully with our visitors. During the morning we explored a range of skills and processes, from photograms and cyanotypes to studio photography and photoshop editing. There was some great work produced and it was wonderful to be able to share our facilities with a local school and to watch our students teach new techniques and share their passion for the subject. We look forward to running similar workshops in the future.
Ed Hume-Smith, Head of Art and Photography, King Edward’s School, Bath


30 November 2023