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Biology and maths are offered at A level, but as you’d expect, the arts and humanities predominate. We dropped in on a delightfully lively and sparky year 13 politics lesson where the students were all very ready to speak up, and the standard of contributions was informed and thoughtful. Young people here are engaged full time in what at other schools is usually peripheral – film, fashion, music, art, drama - so there isn’t the demand for off-timetable activity... 

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What the school says...

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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Principal

Candida Cave (50s). Elegant, quietly spoken, compassionate and creative, a lovely lady. Attended Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, then started teaching art and art history when a flatmate fell in love with an Italian racing driver and needed someone to take on her tutees. Quickly discovered she had a flair for teaching, and soon had 20 more students. Set up Fine Arts College as a part-time concern in 1978 with artist and co-founder Nicholas Cochrane in rented rooms at the YMCA in Great Russell Street; then in 1982 took the plunge and opened a full-time school in a house in Belsize Park. School moved to its present site in 2002.

Until very recently she was still actively involved in teaching at the school, and still teaches on study trips and lectures....

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
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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