DANCE, DRAMA AND CREATIVE ARTS
We are a school that embraces the arts and believe that exposure to these creative genres is essential to provide a rounded education.
By creating opportunities for students to discover and develop passions in art, design, dance, drama and music, we know that their enjoyment of school life will be enhanced and develop personal skills and a cultural appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime.
Our campus includes dedicated Art Studios including a Ceramics room, darkroom and individual spaces for students to use as their creative base. In addition, we have a well-equipped theatre, numerous music practise rooms and drama space. Students can choose from various instrumental lessons and dance lessons, including ballet, provided in our Dance Studio by a visiting specialist. We stage a school production every autumn which students from all year groups can take part in.
What we offer:
Key Stage 3, GCSE Drama, and IB Theatre Studies are popular subject choices in the curriculum. A variety of wide ranging topics lead to end of term assessments at KS3. GCSE Drama and IB Theatre Studies are actively involved in internal, class-initiated, projects. These lead to internal performances of a high calibre, to prepare for their exams, and for the grander and more public performances – most recently ‘Hairspray’, ‘Sweet Charity‘, ‘Footloose‘ and ‘White Christmas‘. Every year, the Drama/Theatre, Art and Music departments combine forces to produce a major musical which is performed to public audiences in December.
The Spring Term offers the opportunity for student led performances in the Inter-House Performing Arts Competition, in early February, and the term ends with the more serious senior drama production. In the summer term the attention is turned towards the Drama Club which is given the opportunity to perform a small scale production to the whole School.
Dance is an established activity that benefits from an excellent purpose-built studio and from the high level of expertise offered by our dance teachers, who are specifically employed to meet the required range of disciplines and levels of expertise of our students. All grades of ballet instruction and different levels of tap and jazz dance are currently on offer to the studentss, in which they can be prepared for the appropriate examinations.
The students are given the opportunity to perform in shows, and there is a wealth of volunteers and expertise readily available to choreograph routines for the annual School musical production. Such is the passion and commitment of the dancers that they are able to transfer their skills and choreograph routines for the student-led yearly Inter-House Performing Arts Competition.
SPEECH AND DRAMA LESSONS
Individual and small group Speech and Drama lessons are available to students at an extra cost. Many of our students take this opportunity and successfully achieve high grades in their LAMDA examinations.
Visits to theatres are arranged to enrich the programme by offering enjoyment and inspiration to the students. This year’s GCSE Drama and IB Theatre Studies students journeyed to London to see ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Hairspray’ on stage, to help develop their knowledge and understanding of theatre, returning determined and inspired.
LIPA - LIVERPOOL INSTITUTE OF PERFORMING ARTS
At the end each academic year the school is in a unique position to offer students’ the opportunity to view a live public performance presented by LIPA 4:19 Drama Company here at the school. Any Windermere School students who wish to be a part of the Drama Company are provided with advice on the audition process, that provides talented performers with this wonderful opportunity.
The Schools’ performing arts are backed by an able group of students who prefer to work out of the limelight. Stage lighting, prop production and backstage management are all undertaken by our older students.
Craft Club: provides the opportunity for projects such as greetings card making.
Art Club: two different age groups, Junior and Senior.
Scenery Painting: a seasonal activity that operates prior to major school productions.
Prop Making: this again is a seasonal activity that operates prior tp major school productions.
JUNIOR EXTRA ACTIVITIES
Discover all the extra-curricular activities our Junior pupils can join