At all levels the Performing Arts are taught by specialist teachers.
Speech and Drama
All children from the age of four to Year 9 have a Speech and Drama lesson which enables pupils to develop into confident, articulate members of society. Senior pupils may join the Drama Club and all pupils are encouraged to take LAMDA examinations in Verse and Prose, Acting and Choral Speaking, as well as Reading for Performance and Using Spoken English in the Senior School. The higher grades of these examinations qualify for UCAS points.
Specialist staff teach music to all pupils from the Early Years to Year 10. From the age of 7 pupils may have individual tuition in piano, singing, and guitar. Recorder lessons are available for Prep School pupils from Year 2. In the Senior School music is taught as a non examination subject. Pupils are encouraged to join the Junior and Senior choirs which take part in performances throughout the year, as well as successfully competing in the Leamington Competitive Festival. The Senior Choir have twice been invited to sing to Head Teachers at the Independent Schools Association Annual Conference at Coombe Abbey. A small Chamber Choir is regularly invited to sing at various charity events.
From a young age pupils are encouraged to express themselves through dance and to develop the physical control and discipline required to dance. One class a week in all of the following is available to pupils as they progress at no extra cost: Ballet, Modern, Tap, Freestyle/Disco, Contemporary, Commercial, Gymnastic Dance, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Street Dance and Fitness.
The younger pupils have their dance lessons during the school day; older pupils during the lunch time, after school or on a Saturday. They are given the opportunity to perform at school functions, charity events and productions, both professional and amateur, at theatres in the region.
Pupils are encouraged to take examinations in the Performing Arts set by the following organisations:
- The International Dance Teachers Association
- The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music
- The London College of Music
- The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art