Our Year 12 Art & Design students enjoyed a visit from ex-Friary student Charlie Flynn who since leaving our school has achieved an honours degree in Architecture at De Montfort University in Leicester.

Charlie gave an inspiring talk about his studies at university and how his experience studying GCSE Art & Design and then A-Level Fine Art at the Friary prepared him for the rigour of a three-year degree in Architecture. He explained, in detail, the importance of maintaining a creative sketchbook, evidenced how skills such as model making are developed at degree level and proved that work in the Arts can lead to a profitable career.

Natalie Brickett, Art teacher, said: “We were really excited to welcome Charlie back in to the school. He delivered an excellent session, which the Year 12 Fine Art students found both fascinating and inspirational. We are proud of what he’s achieved since leaving us and we are very grateful that he came in to share his work and knowledge with students who are ready to embark on similar journeys.”