As a school, we believe in a culture of achievement - academically, sporting and artistically. We believe that if a child possesses true inner self-confidence they are better placed to fulfil their potential.
As highlighted in our OFSTED report, the 'arts' and, in particular, Music and Speech and Drama, feature among the major strengths of our school. From Nursery onwards to Year 6, specialist teaching enhances the children's already wide and varied curriculum.
All pupils, from Nursery to Year 6, benefit from music lessons with a specialist teacher. From Year 2 pupils learn to play the recorder and read music. Pupils have the opportunity to perform, compose and experience a wide range of musical styles from different musical cultures. A typical Infant lesson would include rhythm and percussion instruments. Juniors cover more advanced work on the elements of music, composition and performance on a wide range of instruments.
From as young as six years old, the children are given the opportunity to learn an instrument from across the orchestral range i.e. string, woodwind, brass and percussion. This early input leads to a culture of high achievement at a very early age, as seen in our thriving and accomplished orchestra and choir. This high standard of attainment, coupled with the children's high level of achievement in speech and drama, lead to outstanding performances, the epitome of which are our renowned and lavish summer productions; examples include HMS Pinafore, the Wizard of Oz, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, 'Cinderfella', Alice (in Wonderland), Swingin' Samson, Gel, The Mikado, the Rocky Monster Show and, most recently, the Pirates of Penzance. Our 'Music in May' Concerts have also become an established favourite. Our Productions and Music in May Concerts attract enthusiastic audiences and number among them current and past families and local dignitaries.
As well as participating in local events, the school orchestra and choir have also performed at the Royal Festival Hall. Pupils have also taken part in Borough-led events at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. The School Orchestra have also performed at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, having twice reached the Finals of the National Festival for Youth Competition. The Choir have also regularly featured in the renowned lunchtime recitals at the Cramphorn Theatre in Chelmsford.
Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are prepared and entered for London Academy of Music, Drama and Art (LAMDA) examinations in Choral Speaking. By Year 6 pupils are prepared for LAMDA examinations in a range of skills, both group and individual; these may include Public Speaking, Reading for Performance, Group Musical Theatre and Solo Acting. These internationally recognised examinations provide an invaluable forum and platform for improving standards in communication through the spoken word and fostering an appreciation of literature and drama.