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Posted at 11:59 am on 21st June, 2018

Former student returns to Wellacre to learn more about photography

The Creative Arts and Technologies Department welcomed a new member last week, when ex-student James Taylor returned for work experience.

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James has been studying a Level 3 BTEC Photography at Manchester College since he left Wellacre in 2017 with a great set of GCSE results, including an ‘A’ in Photography.

With aspirations to move into wildlife photography and travel the world, as well as an interest in teaching, James contacted his former teacher Miss de Costa to request a work placement.

James said:

“I always knew I wanted to study photography as I had an uncle who worked in newspaper photography.  I enjoyed being taught by Miss de Costa and we had great experiences such as the London trip, which inspired my creativity and gave us opportunities to study a range of subjects.”

During his week-long work experience at Wellacre, James has been helping out in art and photography lessons, supporting students and offering help.  The marketing and communications department also took advantage of James’ expertise to enlist him to take photographs of activities around school.

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James said:

“Wellacre students have been really interested in what I’ve been doing since I left school, about college as well as my course. Year 7s, in particular, have been asking lots of good questions!

It’s been a great experience to see photography from a different point-of-view - both from behind the scenes and how it is taught, to creating images for marketing and promotion.”

At college, James is finishing his final exhibition display for his first year, which focuses on the effects of technology on society.

Miss de Costa, Teacher of Art and Photography, said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome James back to Wellacre. I’m really proud of his work and the skills he’s developed, and what he’s achieved in his first year at college.”