Performing Arts plays a vital role in the lives of many of our students, helping, we believe, to raise their confidence and self-esteem. We are a high-profile and high-achieving department, every pupil is given the opportunity to explore their talents and express themselves through Music, Drama and Dance activities.
We believe that innate talent in performing arts subjects should not be a pre-requisite for enjoyment and we hope to encourage students to value their creative experiences at whatever level is appropriate to them. Moreover, we place an emphasis on the uniquely expressive potential of performance and wish to encourage all pupils in an unselfconscious response to creative tasks and other Performing Arts experiences. By leading students to a better understanding and appreciation of Music, Drama and Dance, using a variety of stimuli from different times and places, we hope to contribute to their spiritual, cultural and moral development.
The department is well resourced with large teaching rooms, several practice rooms and a dedicated IT suite for Music, which contains midi keyboards linked to workstations that are equipped with the latest Music software. We have a spacious, air-conditioned dance studio, a large drama room and the school hall provides a large space for some practical activities and a stage for performances.
Extra-curricular activities in Performing Arts have always been a particular strength, with concerts taking place in and out of school several times a year. We also stage a major whole-school production biannually, our most recent being the hugely successful ‘The Sound of Music’.
Our enrichment programme is also very strong and we arrange theatre trips several times a year, including a weekend residential trip to London for GCSE students. These are always extremely popular and a very positive learning experience.