Head of Department - Mrs H Benfield, M.A.,B.A.
Head of Department - Mr C Holman, MA(Hons), MA, BA(Hons)[From September]
The Performing Arts Department was formed in September 2010, bringing together the disciplines of Drama and Music. As a department, we are committed to providing a holistic educational experience for students: encouraging their creative development, supporting their performance skills and challenging their critical analysis.
The Drama curriculum covers a wide range of topics and subject/skill areas which foster an in-depth understanding of specific theatre facts, techniques and knowledge as well as providing pupils with transferable skills such as teamwork and speaking confidently in front of an audience. In Music, pupils learn about a wide variety of music through integrated performing, composing, listening and appraising activities. Pupils can also compose music using Garageband and Logic in the school’s Apple Mac suite. Private music lessons covering a choice of over twenty instruments are also available.
The Performing Arts Department offers an extremely wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities, and pupils are also given the opportunity to perform regularly in school assemblies, prize giving ceremonies, the school’s annual production, Gala Evening and Open Mic Nights. We also have links with a variety of world class arts institutions in London and ensure that pupils take part in numerous trips to the theatre and concerts throughout the year.