"A camera is a save button for your mind’s eye" - Roger Kingston

Photography at Hendon School is an exciting subject that allows students to investigate a range of photographic genres based on their own personal interests. Students are encouraged to seek an expressive and interpretative artistic response to the visual world while exploring their own cultural identities.

Students use lens-based media which they may manipulate using darkroom facilities and digital technology: we teach the use of SLR and Digital SLR cameras and run workshops on traditional darkroom processes, Adobe Photoshop and Moviemaker.

Students have three lessons per week





Year 10

Fruit Still Life project
Identity portraiture

SLR camera and darkroom printing
Identity portraiture

Photoshop techniques
Exam preparation

Year 11

Stop motion project
London Eyes location project Unit 1 (60%)

from 1st February
Exam theme project

Exam preparation


Outside the classroom

We also provide a regular exhibition space, in collaboration with the Hendon school library, to give students a forum in which to discuss and display their work-in-progress to a wider school audience. Our department has links with The Photographers’ Gallery and they provide exhibition and workshop opportunities for our students. For the past 3 years we have been part of the Visual Literacy project ‘Seeing More Things’ which has been sponsored by the John Lyons Charity. We regularly visit museums and galleries to broaden students’ understanding of contemporary photographic practice.

Year 12 students, interested in studying photography at university, are also encouraged to attend a summer university course to work with other photographers and develop their skills further.

Progression pathways and careers

Students are able to complete a GCSE and A-level in photography (it is possible to do A-level without having done the GCSE if students meet the entry requirements).

Students are able to progress on to Foundation Studies in Art & Design, BA (Hons) and higher degrees in Art & Design subjects. Students are also able to follow apprenticeship routes.

Careers can include photojournalist, fashion, fine art and commercial photography. Other careers include advertising, art director, film director, cinematographer, film editor, film production, TV production, script writer, animation designer, game designer, magazine and newspaper editor

Hendon School has an excellent reputation for students going on to art and photography courses. Some of our recent alumni include:

Bindi Vora

  • Foundation Course at London School of Fashion
  • BA(Hons) Photography at University of Westminster, London
  • Practising Fine Art Photographer
  • PA to the director of The Photographers Gallery, London
  • Module Lecturer at The University of Westminster, London

Danny Veeraswarmy

  • BA (Hons) Photography at University of Hertfordshire
  • Sales Representative for Sony

Nadia Radjabi

  • BA (Hons) Photography at Middlesex University, London
  • Darkroom Technician at Middlesex University

Rizwan Baig

  • BA Film and Digital Production at Ravensbourne University
  • Freelance photographic director and camera operator

Lucy Shaffer

  • BA Photography at Plymouth University
  • Event Manager at The Roundhouse, Camden

Useful links Tate Britain and Tate Modern research website Victoria and Albert Museum The National Gallery The Photographers Gallery The National Portrait Gallery


Ms Martina Schmid, Head of Photography,

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