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‘What we liked about the college,‘ said one parent, ‘is the industrious informality. They take the job seriously, but don’t wear it too formally.‘ A low-key, calm and friendly place, with strong teaching and results, particularly in the arts. Ideal...

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Fine Arts College was founded in 1978 as an independent sixth form college specialising in the study of Arts and Humanities. Today the College offers a wide choice of subjects at GCSE and A level as well as a two-term Portfolio Course for students preparing for art school entry. The College is rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

The College is located in a characterful part of Belsize Park with the main site situated in a secluded courtyard away from the bustle of the street. The courtyard buildings, originally a Victorian dairy, are modern and light-filled and comprise a series of lecture and tutorial rooms alongside art, drama and music studios. The College also houses specialist studios for photography and media studies nearby. Each of the tutorial rooms has its own extensive subject library including books, slides and DVDs.

The College functions on an ethos of mutual respect where an individuals talents and ambitions are encouraged and nurtured. For this reason the number of students is restricted to no more than 160, maintaining small class sizes and strong pastoral care for all students and ensuring an exceptional pass rate in exams. Virtually all students go on to higher education at a range of universities and art, music and drama schools.

Fine Arts College provides an opportunity for young people to study in a mature, open and stimulating atmosphere; a unique bridge between school and university.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

‘What we liked about the college,‘ said one parent, ‘is the industrious informality. They take the job seriously, but don’t wear it too formally.‘ A low-key, calm and friendly place, with strong teaching and results, particularly in the arts. Ideal for the ‘arty, urban misfit’ who has wilted in a...


Candida Cave (50s) set up the college in 1978 with Nicholas Cochrane - who has recently retired as co-principal. They studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, started teaching at a tutorial college and found ‘we were quite good at inspiring people’. The decision to set up a college of their own was something that just ‘came about’, but clearly had a market, and has grown steadily ever since. She remains a practising painter and playwright, while teaching art history. Parents and...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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