The ability to be innovative and enterprising in any field comes from discovering and harnessing your creative side. The study of Performance and Creative Arts at Brentwood aims to do this for every pupil - whether they consider themselves to be ‘arty’ or not.
The Performing Arts at Brentwood continue to enjoy a ‘Golden Age’. The School was recently selected as the best Performing Arts School in and around London and with over 70 events a year there is excellence and opportunity for all students.
Dance is one of Brentwood’s fastest growing subjects and students have the opportunity to compete in choreographic competitions, perform in dance shows designed by professionals and study curriculum Dance in one of three large and fully sprung studios.
There are record numbers of students studying curriculum Drama and more children than ever are auditioning for one of the most diverse programmes of co-curricular Drama in the country. The Faculty enjoys excellent links with London Theatre and all Performing Arts departments are full of teaching staff who continue to work within the industry.
Music has also enjoyed a revival in recent years with the introduction of a new choral system to build on what was already an outstanding instrumental offering. The department works closely with Guildhall, the Royal Academy of Music, a number of local cathedrals and the University of Cambridge to ensure that every musician is provided with the very best education.
There is a range of subject-specific performance spaces throughout the School including the 400-seat auditorium, the classically inspired proscenium arch Memorial Hall, our new informal Performing Arts space within the Bean Academic Centre, Drama Studio 9, the outdoor Shakespeare Stage and the Courage Hall, which converts to a 1000-seat performance space for the annual House Music competition and the Promenade Concert.
These places are creative hubs in the School and their influence is pervasive. Drama and Music are curriculum subjects until the Third Year when pupils identify subjects that particularly inspire them, which they can continue to GCSE Level. Even if a pupil does not want to pursue the Performing Arts academically, there is such a vast array of co-curricular Music, Drama, Dance and Fim present at Brentwood that it would be incredible to find a pupil who didn’t have a creative activity or talent among their interests. These activities are available to both the accomplished and the novice alike.
We are extremely proud of the Performing Arts provision at Brentwood and there are plans afoot to grow this even further in the coming months and years.