“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being”  Oscar Wilde

The Performing Arts Department is an exciting place to be. 

Our mission is to foster in all of our pupils:

Creativity, Confidence, Communication, Collaboration, Concentration and Cooperation through making, performing and responding.

We focus the skills development on public performance and ensure every child reaches their fullest potential. A unique opportunity: to provide a safe environment in which to develop wider life transferable skills and to truly excel in any future direction they choose.

The Music Department 

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Nietzsche

The Music Department comprises 14 instrumental tutors, who provide pupils will opportunities to perform in Termly Platforms & Concerts, to take part in Ensemble groups and  choirs and to enter external competitions.

We focus on core musicianship skills taught through the famous Kodály-based approach using solfa, rhythm language and notation. 

The combined Performing Arts Department stages incredible productions, including an annual musical.

Pupils learn Music Theory and composition as well as listening to 1000 years of core repertoire. Composition is taught using IT and through direct experience of practical music-making, forming class bands and rudimental skills on bass guitar, keyboard playing and drumming.

Our hugely impressive staff of instrumental musicians are members of some of the country’s leading orchestras and West End theatres. 

Instrumental Music teachers encourage all pupils learning an instrument to be part of an ensemble, and everyone is given the opportunity to join a choir.  The Department provides frequent performance opportunities and formal concerts, and pupils, and excel in, graded ABRSM music examinations every term.

The Drama Department

“Life is not a dress rehearsal, the curtain is up, and you are on, so get out there and give it your best shot”

The School provides opportunities for all pupils to participate in performances,  Drama and Dance Clubs, and we also host termly LAMDA Platforms, perform at external festivals and enter a range of competitions.

The Drama Department at Edge Grove provides an excellent and enriching learning environment for all pupils, and has developed  inclusive atmosphere in which pupils can explore their individual passions; they can also gain invaluable skills through being valued and challenged to achieve their full potential.

Performances emphasise collaboration, working together to build confidence in pupils, who in turn learn to express themselves on stage, and in life. The Department provides pupils with an ever-growing number of opportunities to perform at tiered levels throughout the year; these include platforms, assemblies, workshops, concerts, external events & festivals.

Our aim is to provide a safe and nurturing space which encourages pupils to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them, insodoing developing self-belief and an inquisitive mind.

A number of pupils have appeared in the West End, local theatres, TV shows, movies and adverts. The School fully supports and helps pupils with audition processes.

Graded LAMDA examinations are held annually and LAMDA platforms held termly.