Creative and performing arts

Creative and performing arts are an integral and important aspect of our education.

From Year 7 through to Year 11 we offer a multitude of ways to explore the creative and performing arts.

In the classroom, and through a varied programme of extra-curricular activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Extroverts can take centre stage, whilst others are happy seeking creative inspiration in our dynamic Art and Photography centre.

For those who like to 'make a noise', we encourage and develop all aspiring musicians, from those who want to join a choir or learn a new instrument, through to developing students who join us with Grade 8 skills.

We offer creative scholarships for students with exceptional ability.

Art and Photography

From Year 7 through to Year 11, creative talents flourish in our bespoke Art and Photography Centre.

As holders of the Arts Council England’s Artsmark Gold Award, we are proud to offer art as an integral and important aspect of our education.

Our students learn a range of 2D and 3D disciplines, underpinned by critical and contextual understanding, including:

  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Print-making
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital manipulation

We have a proud reputation for exceptional results in GCSE and A Level Art and Design, and many of our leavers bypass their Art Foundation Year at Art School since their portfolios are of such a high standard.

Our talented students enjoy great success in both local and national art competitions, and we regularly inspire students through visits to exhibitions and galleries, to extend their appreciation of 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.

We produce several school productions each year, open to girls studying Drama and those who wish to be involved in an extra-curricular capacity.

LAMDA

Many students study Speech and Drama and undertake London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations with remarkable success. Our annual Speech and Drama showcase provides the perfect opportunity for students of all ages to perform their examination pieces to a large audience.

Dance

Our specialist dance co-ordinator oversees dance classes in a variety of styles, including tap, ballet and pilates. New dance classes are often introduced, as a result of student requests. Our popular biennial Dance showcase includes performances from Junior School and Senior School, ensemble and individual performances, highlighting some 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

We believe music is for all, and create opportunities for every student to thrive: catering as much for students with no musical experience as we do for those joining with Grade 8 experience.

Senior School and Sixth Form students perform at a Christmas Concert

Our vibrant Music department comprises teachers, an enthusiastic team of peripatetic staff and our Musician in Residence.

Each week, we run an impressive 15 extra-curricular clubs, and there are frequent opportunities for students to showcase their performance skills, 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.

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.

Scholarships are available for excellence in Music.