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PREP SCHOOL CREATIVE ARTS

We believe music, drama, dance and the arts are highly important aspects of academic life and enhance academic progress. Our specialist subject teachers help to develop skills and ensure that interests play an important part in their school day.



We are the
Independent School

of the Year 2020
for Performing Arts

Artwork exhibited around the school demonstrates the creativity of pupils and junior school pupils have exhibited in the National Gallery.

ISI Inspection

Our annual Arts Week is a fun and rewarding opportunity for all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 to enjoy a range of creative arts activities surrounding a particular theme that changes each year. In the past, we have explored India, the Caribbean, West Africa, China, Bali, Somerset and Time including activities such as drumming, dancing, printing, ceramics, puppetry and sculpture. Each pupil is able to work with professional artists during the course of the week. Parents are able to see the fruits of the children’s labours from throughout the year showcased at our annual Open Exhibition Afternoon.

Music

We encourage all pupils to perform in our termly informal concerts, which offer everyone (from beginners to specialists) the chance to show off their developing talents. Our range of ensembles and orchestra provide additional opportunities for our talented young musicians to shine and improve. Pupils can audition to become members of the School Choir in Years 5 and 6 whilst pupils in Years 3 and 4 can sing in a fun choir each week.

In Year 1, all pupils have free strings lessons with our specialist music teachers. We also offer a free brass trial scheme to all pupils aged 6-11 with our specialist brass teachers.

Eighteen boys and eighteen girls from the School sing in the Wells Cathedral Choir. Choristers usually enter the choir in Year 4 or Year 5, but this can vary, and we welcome enquiries about entry in any year. 

Chorister Life

Drama

All pupils from Nursery – Year 6 have a chance to shine in our drama productions! We separate the productions into two age groups: Nursery – Year 2 and Years 3-6.

The younger children perform a wonderful nativity at the end of Advent term and a special Easter production.

The older children participate in the Christmas Celebration, which is a mixture of music, poetry and prose, and instrumental items celebrating the joy of the season, held in the Cathedral Nave. They also perform in a play at the end of the school year. All pupils perform in one role or another, whether on stage or as part of the vital backstage crew.

Dance

Our pupils learn a huge variety of modern and traditional dance movements in our dance studio, and they have a chance to perform in our annual informal concert and at the end of year show.

Art and Design

All children in the Prep School are encouraged to investigate, create and make artwork using a variety of media. They explore both 2D and 3D works of art and are given opportunities to make sculptures, create textiles, print images, paint and draw. The curriculum ensures the children are exploring art from different periods of time and from different cultures. To enrich the children’s understanding of art, the pupils have the opportunity to work with local artists and take part in workshops as well as visit galleries. Over the academic year, there are exhibitions of work for each year group. In the Trinity Term, an exhibition from the whole of the Prep School is held in Cedars Hall.

We believe that our pupils should have the opportunity to be creative, take risks, challenge their thinking and express unique visions of the world. Developing a passion for art and an understanding of the creative world is the vision we have for our pupils.