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Specialist art teaching in a fully equipped Art Studio.

Through art we want to engage, inspire and challenge pupils by introducing them to a range of techniques, materials and artists. Our curriculum is designed to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, explore, take risks, invent and create.  Most importantly, we want pupils to enjoy their art lessons and know that they are artists already! 

From Form 2 onwards, pupils are taught by a specialist art teacher and practising artist. 

There are opportunities for pupils to join pre-prep and prep art clubs, which allows them to make new friends, and extend and develop their skills further. 

Every year the school takes part in The National Gallery ‘Take One Picture’ project and The Leigh Art Trail Schools Exhibition. Pupils also experience art trips and workshops run by visiting artists. Recent examples include a plein-air coastal workshop led by a local artist, a trip to the local Beecroft Art Gallery and a visit to The Queen’s House in Greenwich.

The Art Studio was refurbished in 2022 and is fully equipped for painting, printmaking and 3D work.

Recent Achievements

  • Selected for the prestigious ‘Take One Picture’ Schools Exhibition at The National Gallery 2021, one of just 30 schools nationally. 
  • Leigh Art Trail – many of our pupils receive awards every year in this popular and growing local art trail.
  • Form 5’s ‘River of Hope’ flag design was used in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee parade, one of 200 schools and community groups across the British Isles that were selected. 
  • Young Portrait Artist of the Year Sky Arts 2023 – one of our pupils was one of just 6 pupils selected nationally, to feature in a special programme to celebrate ‘Access All Arts Week’.

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Visit our school so you can see for yourselves the class sizes, the dedication and commitment of our staff, the range of facilities and resources available to enhance your child’s learning, meet our pupils and confidently make the right decision for your child.

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“Just a note to say thank you to St Michael's for our son's 8 years at the school. He's enjoyed every second of it and has fully embraced all the opportunities the school has to offer. I'm sure his time at the school will stand him in excellent stead for secondary school. As an additional mention, I wanted to let you know how wonderful Mrs Matthews has been for our daughter in Year 4. We've always felt that the teaching has been very good at the school but Mrs Matthews seems to be on a whole other level! Her communication, feedback and encouragement has been excellent. She has clearly spent time really getting to understand the children and our adughter's confidence and ability has come on in leaps and bounds. We cannot thank her enough! ”

- Mrs Levell, Parent

“After a lengthy search in West Oxfordshire at numerous other private schools, I found none of them were a patch on St Michael's. They had huge grounds, impressive sporting and drama facilities, however the special family/nurturing feel we've always loved about St Michael's just wasn't there at all. I decided that if we couldn't find a school which measured up to St Michael's, then there was little point in moving, so we stopped the house move and are remaining where we are.”

- Mrs Falconer, Parent

“During my time at St Michaels, not only did I really enjoy it, I found that I wasn’t scared to move on and I felt prepared and ready for senior school. I now realise just how much the school gave me and at Senior School, I have found topics that I had already covered or had been hinted to in the lessons at St Michael’s. So I really thank the school and feel grateful for the preparation that I had and now use. ”

- Francesca Halling, Former Pupil

“As a former pupil, St. Michael's was the obvious choice. Their values and school ethos have remained the same and Sophia has become a confident, caring and hardworking individual. ”

- Mrs Lloyd, Former Parent

“Just wanted to say a big Thank You to all staff and teachers over the last few months. As a full time working Mum I don't know what I would have done without the structure provided each day.”

- Mrs Homer, Parent

“..thriving, secure, ‘family feel’ environment where children are positively nurtured as individuals and able to reach their own potential.”

- Mrs Foy, Parent

“St. Michael's is a wonderful school. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a safe haven for their child to grow, learn to be well rounded individuals with the love of God in their hearts and love for all human beings as well as develop academically putting them in a good position ready for the next level of education.”

- Mrs Balogun, Former Parent

“St. Michael's is a well organised school with a long track record of academic excellence. The small classes combined with the warmth and positivity of the staff make it a fantastic place to learn, grow and thrive. I loved my time at the school so for me the choice was simple. ”

- Mrs Grant, Parent and Former Pupil

“St. Michael's has been on our radar for the last few years following on from various positive conversations with different people about the school, your results and the general atmosphere and approach. With our daughter now turning two, we felt it was a good time to start enquiring and visiting the school. We're so glad we did!”

- Prospective Parent