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The arts

We believe that practising creativity helps inspire our children to become courageous, inquisitive learners.

Music is delivered by a specialist teacher; the children study a variety of topics, from composers and genre studies to rhythm work, theory and an exploration of world music. There is a strong emphasis on performance, and our children relish in the opportunity to showcase their talents in end of term concerts and special assemblies. An annual calendar feature is the Barnardo’s charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall, where our pupils have regularly been selected as soloists.

Every child in Year 3 and 4 is given free violin lessons and instrument hire leading towards sitting the ABRSM violin prep test during Year 4. Lessons are taught by professional violinists and everyone takes part in the end of year violin breakfast concert.

Peripatetic lessons are available in violin, cello double bass, harp, guitar, recorder, flute, piano, clarinet, trumpet, bassoon, saxophone, trombone and horn.

Drama is also taught weekly and the children develop their performance skills in class assemblies, prose reading and poetry competitions as well as end of term concerts. The Year 6 end of year production is an eagerly anticipated event; every child has a speaking part and the children work with a professional choreographer and musicians, as well as their class teachers, to produce a high quality spectacle that is a fitting celebration of their years at the Prep School. Many children choose to take additional lessons in speech and drama with a specialist and achieve highly in LAMDA examinations.

Art, textiles and design technology are taught within the timetable. The beautiful work on display around the school is testament to the quality of teaching and the pleasure that the children derive from these subjects.