In Photography at SSSO we follow the Edexcel AS and A Level specifications.
Our students learn how to use a range of digital SLR cameras and lenses, studio lighting, digital manipulation using photoshop, gear hacking using everyday items, image analysis, critical historical and contextual studies and how to develop personal projects and responses.
Photography students need to be extremely self-motivated, and willing to explore and master new techniques. As well as covering all the essential skills, we encourage students to be creative in the production of images, and our students study both commercial and more artistic approaches to creating photographic images.
Learning and teaching is completely personalised, allowing students to follow their own interests, through regular 1:1 tutorials and coaching. At A Level, students set their own briefs and work towards building up a professional portfolio of work.
Our students work has been exhibited publicly in the Bermondsey Project Space, and at the National Portrait Gallery, and 3 of our students in 2016 won cameras in a competition with Olympus, and were subsequently interviewed on London Live about their work.
We also have a great relationship with Nikon Photography School, who have been kind enough to provide us with extra tailored training for our students.
Each year we have a photography prefect elected who becomes our school photographer, gaining even more opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge.
Many of our students choose to go on to study photography or related subjects at university, with many gaining unconditional offers.
Photograph above and below by Irene Hastrap, Year 12.