Visual and Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) is a thriving faculty. We aim to enrich the lives and experiences of all our students through access to high quality performances and productions. We expose students to the visual and performing arts through visits and trips as well as through classroom based learning. We challenge our students to explore the cultural, historic and creative diversity available to them. Through active artistic involvement, we ensure that students feel a close link with the community; locally, nationally and internationally.
We expose students to a wealth of artistic experiences through collaborating with local and national artistic venues, and through working with members of the local community to create artwork to be enjoyed by all. We encourage creative and reflective learning so that our students become independent, artistic self-managers, fully prepared for a 21st century future.
There are a number of opportunities throughout the year for students to get involved in large scale events such as:
- Shakespeare schools festival
- Christmas concert and winter tea party
- Annual pantomime
- Summer production
- Collaborations with the Rose and Richmond theatres.
We also have a flourishing choir and orchestra.
We ensure that there are plenty opportunities to celebrate the many successes of our school and our students.
The musical extravaganza, the MOGOs (music of Grey Court origin) awards, is an evening of musical excellence which celebrates our many gifted young singers. The evening is wholly managed by the year 11 GCSE music students, from auditions to mentoring acts and supporting them on the night.
The VPA Oscars is a further night of glitz and glamour. This provides an opportunity for art, drama, music tech, media and music students to celebrate the best of their year’s work. Students who have shown a real flair in an area of VPA are nominated for an award in recognition of their achievement. The evening is a huge draw for parents and members of the local community alike.
Each year the school community is wowed by the extraordinary ability of our students as they put their large array of talents to use onstage, backstage and beside the stage.