The vocational curriculum offers a wide-ranging, varied and rich study of the key areas of performing arts. We offer high quality tuition in Dance, Drama and Music and pupils are encouraged to participate in, and enjoy, a diverse and exciting array of disciplines in their studies.
The Dance Course has Classical Ballet at its core, with additional tuition in Modern, Tap, Contemporary and Choreography. In Year 10 the course is further expanded to include Jazz, Repertoire and GCSE Dance.
Pupils take both Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) examinations, and a variety of performance opportunities exist, in both large-scale productions and smaller performance platforms.
A number of visits to theatres, concerts, museums and galleries are arranged throughout the year to enhace the pupils' learning.
Through Drama, pupils can explore both themselves and their environment. Drama gives pupils the opportunity to generate and develop opinions, it teaches them to communicate successfully and to work as part of a team. It also promotes creativity, confidence and literacy, skills that are essential in everyday life.
Pupils study schemes of work that explore social issues through a creative medium. Pupils experiment with physical theatre, mask work, stylised and abstract work, naturalism, improvisation, musical theatre, text and off text work as well as devising and creating their own pieces of theatre. Written work is balanced with the practical elements. Pupils also undertake the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA) examinations, as well as taking part in numerous performance opportunities.
Music is multi-faceted, exploring traditions from all over the world, and a variety of performance opportunities are available to pupils of all ages. They experience many different types of music through a combination of listening, composing and performing. Singing, percussion instruments, keyboards and computers are all used to develop musical ability, and those who learn an instrument are encouraged to incorporate their playing into class music lessons.
All pupils belong to at least one choir - we have a Junior Choir, Senior Choir and Chamber Choir. A team of peripatetic music teachers visit the school every week to deliver individual musical instrument lessons which include piano, violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion and voice.