Art & Design
Art and Design are embedded within the curriculum at all ages, right from our earliest experiences of art through play in Nursery to IGCSE or A Level Art and Design. Encouraging creative thinking, self-expression and problem solving are just part of the picture. Art and Design also develops a greater awareness of the role played by the visual arts in society and in history, broadening our students’ cultural horizons and challenging their perceptions.
Drama is never just about the performance. It’s about the journey to that performance. Staging, lighting, make-up, back-stage, front of house. Our students can try their hand at all of these or they can choose to take their place in the spotlight. Drama is a core component of the curriculum and weekly lessons are taken by all students. The primary goal is not always ‘theatrical’ performance, but rather developing confidence in articulate public speaking; teamwork skills; empathetic listening and understanding; general knowledge of theatre and film history and trends on a global scale; and, finally, having fun while learning.
Many of our students learn a musical instrument or sing, with plenty of opportunities to share their passion with the rest of the school and the wider community during the school year. An impromptu Valentine’s Day concert arranged by our Seniors or a formal Speech Day recital can provide a backdrop to performances ranging from a Year 1 recorder solo of Greensleeves to a Year 10 rock band rendition of Stairway to Heaven. The music is as varied as our students. Our chapel provides a beautiful venue for events such as concerts and carols and the drama hall is used on a daily basis with rehearsals for theatre club or music perforamances.