Performing Arts

ART & DESIGN

Art and Design is taught to all Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils. It is a very popular GCSE option in Years 10 and 11, and some students continue with AS and A2 Art and Design.
 
Art and Design as a subject gives pupils the opportunity to develop their creativity and to express themselves in a meaningful way. Pupils learn about past and present art and produce their own work based on a variety of ideas. They explore a range of art materials and techniques in drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, textiles, ceramics, computer design, and/or photography.
 
The Art and Design department’s facilities include a ceramic studio, a dark room for photography and a spacious and well-lit art room. Pupils have access to a range of resources including the internet, computer software and an art library. Regular visits are made to art galleries and museums and the Department is always involved with school productions and events.
 

DRAMA

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Drama is taught throughout the school.  In the Junior years, this takes place as part of our Junior Performing Arts Academy on Mondays, whilst it remains a popular GCSE subject in Years 10 and 11.  In the Sixth Form, we follow the more practically based BTEC course as it focuses on acting technique rather than the analysis of plays.

 

Several productions (plays and musicals) take place each year with wide ranging repertoire from Shakespeare through to Pinter and Grease!  There is always an opportunity to be involved, either as an actor on stage or as part of the stage management and technical teams.

 

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The peripatetic Speech and Drama scheme has been very successful in recent years with pupils gaining 100% distinctions and merits in all examinations.

 

MUSIC

Music is taught throughout the school from Year 7 to Year 9. It is a GCSE option in Years 10 and 11. Music can also be studied at AS and A2 level in the Sixth Form.
 
Music is an important part of school. Our highly regarded Music School, with its numerous practice rooms, is at the heart of an active Music Department. All our pupils are encouraged to discover and further their musical ability and participate in a musical activity.
 
A team of eight visiting teachers give individual lessons for the full range of instruments and can prepare students for exams or simply allow the development of skills in order to gain a positive musical experience.
 
Singing plays a significant role in weekly musical activities and also in Chapel. About a third of the school is involved in the Concert Choir which performs twice a year in our carol services and in our choral concert on Speech Day. The Chapel Choir consists of our best singers and regularly contributes to Chapel services. There is also a Year 7 Chorus and a Staff Choir that rehearse regularly.
 
Instrumental groups centre round our Wind Orchestra, Chamber Ensemble and our Rock School. These groups also perform on a regular basis.
 
During the last few years, we have produced four large-scale whole school musicals. They have been extremely popular both within the school and in the local community. These productions take place in March and involve a very large cast and a substantial production team of both pupils and staff from nearly all departments.
 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE is taught in Years 7- 9, following the National Curriculum to Key Stage 3. Activities include hockey, swimming, gymnastics, dance, athletics, badminton and basketball.
 
In Years 10 and 11 our pupils are able to choose to take PE as a GCSE option. We follow the Edexcel GCSE PE course. PE can also be taken at AS and A2 Levels. PE is a popular option and a number of our pupils have gone on to take Sports Science at university.
 
Our objective is to encourage each of our pupils into greater strength, agility and skill, giving them a sound physical foundation for their life’s work. We aim to promote ongoing sporting and recreational activity and interest, providing a positive and enjoyable means of maintaining a good level of fitness in adulthood.
 
Our facilities are outstanding and the department enjoys an excellent reputation.
 

SPEECH AND DRAMA

Speech and Drama is an optional extra subject, taught by energetic and enthusiastic teachers with many years teaching experience in schools, theatres and festivals.
 
Lessons are designed to give pupils confidence when speaking or performing in front of an audience; develop dramatic potential, leading to participation in the LAMDA examinations and Drama School auditions, and improve self-esteem and confidence when public speaking and preparing presentations for job interviews. Lessons also encourage a love of verse and prose speaking and prepare pupils for regular concerts showcasing their work.
 
In the summer, pupils prepare extracts from plays and in the past have acted scenes from The Wind in the Willows, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Musketeers, Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn and a selection of modern comedy sketches as well as many others.
Parents are thrilled with their children’s increased confidence when performing and speaking in front of an audience, and those with a talent for acting have the opportunity to really shine.
 
 

 

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