Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.
If your child enjoys performing there are numerous opportunities outside curriculum Drama to take to the stage, learn stage management or get involved in make-up, costumes, lighting and sound.
Our younger years enjoy creating two full productions a year, often with the help of experts from the world of television, dance or stage. We have recently worked with Richard Franklin from the company Three Half Pints who have recently filmed a series, Spot Bots, for CBeebies.
The upper years stage a full-blown and always highly-acclaimed musical. Recent productions have included Chicago and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Our GCSE and A Level students are lucky enough to enjoy an annual workshop from Frantic Assembly, the people behind the hit West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
We push our pupils’ sense of adventure with the biennial House Drama competition where each House creates a piece of theatre in just two days. The whole House is involved in producing posters, programmes and designing costumes and the performances are externally adjudicated on a single day of creative chaos.
Skills learnt through Drama will always give children the advantage in terms of confidence and self-awareness.
Many of our pupils choose to take Speech and Drama lessons where they learn to recite, argue, communicate, debate and act – always achieving a plethora of Distinctions and Merits in LAMDA and Trinity exams.
We are are regulars at the annual Hastings Music and Drama Festival where we are consistent trophy winners; likewise at the English Speaking Union (ESU) Public Speaking competition.
We are so lucky to have been chosen as one as one of just a few schools to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company over a number of years.
The partnership is giving our children access to workshops with the RSC experts as well as the opportunity to perform at Stratford Upon Avon – we did A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2016; and the chance to take part in open-air productions of Shakespeare’s plays – last years was along the beach in Margate.
Our Art department is acknowledged as one of the very best because it encourages all students to step outside their comfort zone and to be adventurous learners in a truly supportive environment. All students are taught the fundamental skills of observational drawing as well as experimenting with a huge array of artistic media, from digital imaging software for green screen, to ceramics, intaglio printing, machine stitch and dark room photography.
At A Level, students learn on a foundation-style course, studying everything from old master oil painting techniques to film and animation.
The department regularly run trips to London and has recently held residential art tours in Edinburgh, Rome, Venice and Madrid.
Our Design Technology workshops are buzzing with creativity. Think electronic Christmas decorations, audio amplifiers and concrete-inspired desk lamps from our younger years, to more complex projects from our GCSE and A Level students. We’ve seen computer-aided designs and manufacture helping to produce tables, chairs and even musical instrument holders.
Again, all learning in school is broadened with visits to car manufacturers, museums such as the Victoria and Albert and Silversmiths.
We welcome a new specialist each year who is chosen to develop our students in a particular area of art. This year we are working with the award-winning photographer Tsvetelina Ivanova.
Every child in our younger years learns a musical instrument; curriculum lessons focus on creating music; and – at the end of the year – every child in Years 7, 8 and 9 will perform in a concert for parents, friends and family.
And that’s the ethos of our Music Department. Every child has a musical talent – whether it’s a love of music, making up their own songs or performing – and we exist to discover and nurture that seed.
Performance opportunities range from the big end of term concerts to scholars’ concerts, church services, recitals and more informal gatherings and all students can get involved, whether or not they are studying GCSE or A Level.
Our eclectic mix of bands, groups and clubs means our students and staff are very busy! There’s Concert Band, Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, String Ensemble, Jazz Band, Recorder Consort, Brass Ensemble, Wind Quintet, Flute Choir, Flute Trio, Guitar Ensemble, five Rock Bands – and that’s just for starters.
We welcome numerous specialist instrumental teachers every day who offer one-to-one tuition.
The very best instruments push students to new levels of success and our Senior School is home to some of the world’s best pianos.
Go to a famous concert hall and you are likely to see to the top performers playing on a Steinway piano. In 2013 we became an all-Steinway School which means that all our pianos are designed and made by Steinway.