From their earliest years in Prep School, our children are given many opportunities to perform in front of other pupils, parents and friends. We believe this early yet age appropriate introduction within a supportive and encouraging atmosphere helps to build confidence and self-esteem from a young age.

By the end of their first term in Reception, Pre-Prep children take part in a Nativity, with parts becoming progressively more challenging as they get older. They also perform together in an Easter concert for parents.

On entering Prep, children can take part in the Have-a-Go Concert which, for many, may be their stage debut playing a musical instrument they are learning. As well as performances related to aspects of the curriculum, for example dancing and recitations during the study of Greek Mythology, Children in Years 3 and 4 perform on stage to full houses in a two-night musical production every Lent Term in the Atkinson Hall, with costume, make-up, sound and lighting.

In the Trinity Term, it is the turn of the Year 5 and 6 pupils to produce a musical that is staged in Big School. Costumes, make-up, microphones and a professional sound and lighting system all make this more than just a school play. We subscribe to the view that if something’s worth doing it is worth doing well. Past productions have included The Wind in the Willows, Annie, A Glint of Gold, Porridge and Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits.

In addition, each Prep School class gets to host a whole-school assembly and many children lead prayers or read lessons every Wednesday in Chapel as well as at special services such as Harvest Festival, Founders’ Day and Christmas Carol Services.

“Pupils develop high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem in a supportive and nurturing environment.” Independent Schools Inspectorate, 2016

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