Practical art allows for adventure and for trying out individual creative ideas, combining learning with having fun. Pupils are given regular opportunities with a wide range of art-based activities, including drawing and painting, clay work, ceramics, collage and printing.
Our new Art Room allows pupils to develop their creative talents using a wide range of techniques and materials. Art is a very popular subject indeed and the school enjoys considerable, consistent success at GCSE level and in local and regional art competitions.
We aim to foster a love of music in all pupils, with practical and creative work at all levels to develop music literacy and understanding. At class level, we provide music and movement, group singing and music making. The many Choirs, Orchestra, African drumming, Flute Choir, the Guitar and Recorder Ensembles, musical productions at Christmas and Easter, the Summer Concert and class assemblies, all provide further opportunities to develop musical interest and to perform in public. Visiting music teachers offer individual tuition in all the main instruments. Music is a very popular curriculum area and an impressively high number of pupils excitedly engage in the varied range of musical activities on offer.
Drama is taught by a specialist teacher from Years 3. Younger pupils prepare assemblies for parents and are involved in a Christmas production, while older ones learn the skills of improvisation, mime, dance and public speaking. Our junior drama highlight is the annual Key Stage 2 production, a real team effort, which involves most pupils and many parents in some way, either in performing or back-stage support.
Drama is very popular and its wider benefits include building self-confidence, presentation skills and the ability to empathise with others. As well as timetabled drama lessons and an after-school clubs, we stage a major annual production and regularly participate in drama festivals. Many senior pupils enter for LAMDA awards and we achieve regular success in public speaking competitions.
The school has enjoyed local, regional and national success in this extremely popular activity run by the English department.