‘The true purpose of arts education is not necessarily to create more dancers or artists. It is to create more complete human beings who are critical thinkers, who have curious minds, who can lead productive lives.’
Performing Arts allows students to explore the world through exciting, enriching and creative schemes of learning. Here at SRPA within Performing Arts we focus on Drama and Music with an element of Dance at KS3.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
The Music department at SRPA are passionate about improving the education of all students. Not every student will go on to work in the Music Industry but Music can help every student to realise their dreams and potential, regardless of their chosen field.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At SRPA, our high-quality music education engages and inspires students to develop a love of music and skills as musicians, and so increases their self-confidence, discipline, creativity and social skills. As students’ progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, perform and analyse Music from all around the world. Listening to, creating or performing music can sometimes be a moving and even spiritual experience. We encourage students to reflect on the important effect that music has on people’s moods, senses and quality of life. Students at SRPA have the opportunity to encounter music from many cultures and, through their growing knowledge and understanding of the music, they develop more positive attitudes towards other cultures and societies.
Students are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers. The range of instruments available to learn, covers all of the instrument families. This is in addition to the normal music teaching of the school.
Lastly, we provide a large range of extra-curricular engagement, from Choir and Orchestra, to the Show Band and Music Theory Club. We have opportunities for all to take part in, with performances regularly throughout the year, as well as the annual school show.
‘Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just wait for it’
At Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, we encourage creativity and reflection, both of which are key tools in Drama. Students learn to take risks and solve problems, as well as challenge their own perceptions through various activities. Not only is Drama a fun and enjoyable subject, but it is also an invaluable one, providing the safe and secure environment necessary for students to explore different subjects. At a young age, children learn through play. Often children will enter their own world of make believe and take on a role. This play offers children a safe environment to explore and learn. Drama offers a similar experience, but with more challenging content. By making the students feel safe and encouraged, they can unlock a completely new perspective and understanding of society and their roles and responsibilities within it.
Our schemes of learning within Drama are created to develop their key transferrable skills and explore society through immersive and exciting lessons. Students study a wide range of performance styles, explore the History of Drama and experience Live Theatre.
A Drama curriculum has many benefits to your child’s education and wellbeing. In Drama, students have the opportunity to learn about playwrights and study different genres of theatre, as well as traditional and modern performance styles. Not only do young people benefit from the knowledge and understanding, but the act of physically taking part in a Drama lesson also helps develop essential skills.
We offer many exciting extra-curricular opportunities within Drama including our re-vamped Shadow Theatre Club, a Musical Theatre Club, Drama Club and clubs ran by our student subject specialists. Students are provided wuth ample performing opportunities through Galas, concerts, talent shows and our annual whole school musical. This helps to develop a real sense of community and allows students to realise their true talents and interests.