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Creative and performing arts

Creative advantage

Our students are offered opportunities to explore a variety of 2D and 3D disciplines including Fine Art, illustration, printmaking, photography and digital media, on both a small and large scale! The Senior School has a proud tradition of producing exceptional results in GCSE and A Level Art and Design, and we have a long-standing reputation of sending girls directly to art school since their portfolios are of such a high standard that they are able to bypass the Art Foundation Year.

Our students are entered for local and national art competitions with great success. We take Art students to exhibitions and galleries in order to extend their appreciation of art technique, context and culture.

Exceptional artists are supported through our scholarship programme.

Dramatic and performing arts

Drama

All girls study Drama in Year 7 and Year 8; thereafter, they can take it as an option in Year 9 and at GCSE and at A Level. There are several school productions each year, which are open both to girls studying Drama and those who wish to be involved in performances in an extra-curricular capacity.

An exceptional number of girls study Speech and Drama and undertake the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations with remarkable success. The annual Speech and Drama showcase provides an opportunity for girls of all ages to perform their examination pieces to a large audience.

Our specialist dance co-ordinator oversees dance classes in a variety of styles, for example ballet and pilates classes. New dance classes are introduced, often as a result of student requests, such as the beginners' tap dance class. Our dance showcase is a popular biennial event with performances from both the Junior School and Senior School, ensemble and individual performances, often featuring many of our talented dance scholars.

Scholarships are available in Drama and dance. The holders of these awards play a key role in promoting opportunities for girls across the school to be involved in the performing arts.

Music for everyone

Our vibrant and successful Music department comprises classroom teachers, an enthusiastic team of peripatetic instrumental staff and our Musician in Residence. As with every other faculty in the school, the Music department takes great pride in creating opportunities for each girl to thrive. We cater as much for students who join us never having learned an instrument or sung in a choir as we do for those who join us with Grade 8 in one or more instruments.

Our ensembles perform in a range of styles, from jazz to pop, and classical to world music. We have been honoured to give premiere performances of bespoke music written especially for our students, by internationally acclaimed composers such as Graham Lack, Will Todd and Carl Rütti, and we welcome notable musicians, such as Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Sarah MacDonald, in to school to judge our annual Young Musician of the Year and Young Pianist of the Year competitions.

Each week the Music department runs an impressive 15 extra-curricular clubs, and there are frequent opportunities for students to showcase their performance skills publicly, whether in one of our intimate chamber concerts, performing liturgical music in one of our Masses or services, or performing to a packed auditorium at the University of Cambridge concert hall. The department collaborates with the Drama department to put on a biennial musical. We also aim to take a concert tour to Europe every other year.

Scholarships are available for excellence in Music.