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Mrs G Wagstaff - Head of Department

Welcome to the Visual Arts Department

The Visual Arts Department at Altrincham College firmly believes that art is all around us, and that; in all its forms, provides us with the material that society is built upon.

From the clothes we wear and the daily objects we use, to the images we see and the buildings we live in, the products of the visual arts world are absolutely everywhere in our lives, 24/7.

It is our firm belief that the Visual Arts form an integral part of the school curriculum and that every child should experience and enjoy the creative subjects that are the perfect balance for academic subjects in school. Our philosophy is that you don’t have to be the best at drawing to enjoy the subjects but to come to lessons prepared to experience an exciting and broad curriculum in a safe learning environment for all students of all abilities in which they can flourish.

The Visual Arts department is also committed to preparing its students for commercial and vocational careers in a wide variety of media.

Meet the Art Department

The department team consists of six members of staff. These are:

Name Title
Mrs G Wagstaff Head of Visual Arts
Mrs J Campbell Teacher of Art
Mrs V Woods Subject Leader of Textiles and Fashion Design & Production
Mrs A Clarke Teacher of Art & Textiles
Mrs S Deighton Art Technician


In the main school, we have a range of Arts, Textiles and Graphics rooms, all of which are well-resourced with materials and equipment.

We have 3 Art rooms and 1 Textiles room in main school as well as a pottery room and two kilns.

In our state of the art Sixth Form, we have two professional Art and Fashion teaching studio's, both of which are spacious, well-resourced and fully equipped to allow our students to have an outstanding learning experience in a range of A-level and vocational courses.

We also have our own fabulous school gallery which is used to exhibit students work, professional artist exhibitions and also hold workshops with visiting artists with our own and students from local schools.