Creative and performing arts

Opportunities to create and perform are an integral part of our education.

At A Level, our students excel in creative subjects such as Art and Design (with options to focus on Photography or Textiles), Drama and Theatre Studies and Music.

Creativity for all

All students are encouraged to pursue their creative interests and talents through our extra-curricular activities.

Extroverts can take centre stage, whilst others are happy seeking creative inspiration in our dynamic Art and Photography centre. For aspiring musicians, our Music department supports all levels of ability, from those who want to join a choir through to developing students who join us with Grade 8 skills.

We offer creative scholarships for students with exceptional ability.

Art and Design

Our A Level students enjoy developing their creative talents in our dedicated Art and Photography Centre. We offer opportunities to explore a range of 2D and 3D disciplines in more depth, including:

  • Painting
  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Print-making
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital manipultaion
  • Textiles

We encourage our A Level students to enter local and national art competitions and have achieved great success. We have a proud reputation for exceptional A Level results and students build impressive portfolios, as they prepare to pursue Art and Design courses at leading Higher Education institutions and Art Colleges.

Exceptional artists are supported through our scholarship programme.

Dramatic and performing arts

We encourage all girls to be part of our annual school productions, both those who study Drama and Theatre Studies at A Level, as well as those interested in pursuing drama as an extra-curricular activity.

Drama

LAMDA

An exceptional number of students study Speech and Drama and undertake the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations, with great success. Our annual Speech and Drama showcase provides an opportunity for girls 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, 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 and features 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

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.

Our vibrant and successful Music department comprises classroom teachers, an enthusiastic team of peripatetic instrumental 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. The Music 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.

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 and Young Pianist of the Year competitions.

Scholarships are available for excellence in Music.