Fine Arts College

Type Independent School
Age Range 13-19
Religion Unknown
Address Centre Studios
41-43 Englands Lane
Belsize Park
Phone 02075860312
Reference Number 100084



Fine Arts College in NW3 4YD, a leading independent school in Hampstead, London, was established in 1978 with a focus on the arts and humanities, catering to students aged 13-19. With an average student intake of around 200, the school offers a unique education in a virtual learning environment and a range of small-group courses.

The College features over 25 A-level subjects in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, in addition to about 15 GCSE options. Fine Arts College balances its academic curriculum with a strong emphasis on the arts, encouraging students to develop their creativity through courses in art, design (fine art, graphics, textiles), music, drama, and media.

To support its students aiming for university and art school admissions, Fine Arts College runs a one-year Portfolio course. Under the leadership of Principal Candida Cave and Head Emmy Schwieters, the school has expanded its curriculum from its original focus on Art and History of Art to the diverse range of subjects it teaches today.

The College is divided into three sites, all within walking distance of one another, housing academic departments, music studios, photography facilities, drama workshops, and science and math classrooms. Notable alumni include actors such as Theo Adams, Alfie Allen, Orlando Bloom, and Kayvan Novak, as well as artists, designers, and musicians.

Fine Arts College shifted to its current location at Centre Studios in 2002. In 2015, it became a part of the Dukes Education Group, working in collaboration with other independent schools to provide educational opportunities.

General Makeup

Number of pupils 227
Boy/Girl ratio Boys: 40.97%
Girls: 59.03%

Year Groups

Year Number of pupils
9 Unknown
10 Unknown
11 Unknown
12 Unknown
13 Unknown

Ofsted Rating Outstanding
Last Inspection Date 2012-04-27
Date Description Report
2012-03-20 Standard inspection: Standard inspection:
2008-10-15 Light touch inspection Light touch inspection
2005-01-10 Standard inspection Standard inspection

Attainment 8 Score

Attaimenment 8 is a measure of a pupil's average grade across a set of 8 subjects. The 8 subjects which make up Attainment 8 are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • 3 subjects from qualifications that count towards the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), like sciences, language and history
  • 3 more GCSE qualifications (including EBacc subjects) or technical awards from a list approved by the Department for Education
Each grade a pupil gets is assigned a point score from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest). These scores are added up, with English and maths counted twice.

School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
45.5 Upgrade Upgrade

GCSE Results

Metric School Score Percentile (local) Percentile (nationwide)
Grade 5 or above in English and maths 38% Upgrade Upgrade
5 or more GCSEs at grade 9-4 (or A-C) 62% Upgrade Upgrade

Attainment 8 Score

Attaimenment 8 is a measure of a pupil's average grade across a set of 8 subjects. The 8 subjects which make up Attainment 8 are:

GCSE Results



Age Range

Special Schools

Independent Schools

Faith Schools

Key Stage 2 Attainment

Students Meeting expected standard

Students Meeting higher standard

GCSE Attainment

Attainment 8 score percentile

Students getting 5 or more GCSE's at grade 9-4 (A-C)