DANCE, DRAMA AND CREATIVE ARTS
We embraces the arts and believe that exposure to these creative genres is essential to provide a rounded education.
By creating opportunities for pupils 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 pupils to use as their creative base. In addition, we have a well-equipped theatre, numerous music practice rooms and drama space. Pupils 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 pupils 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 the 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 pupil-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 pupils. All grades of ballet instruction and different levels of tap and jazz dance are currently on offer to the pupils, in which they can be prepared for the appropriate examinations.
The pupils 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 pupil-led yearly Inter-House Performing Arts Competition.
SPEECH AND DRAMA LESSONS
Individual and small group Speech and Drama lessons are available to pupils at an extra cost. Many of our pupils 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 pupils. This year’s GCSE Drama and IB Theatre Studies pupils 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 pupils’ the opportunity to view a live public performance presented by LIPA 4:19 Drama Company here at the school. Any Windermere School pupils who wish to be a part of the Drama Company are provided with advice on the audition process, which provides talented performers with this wonderful opportunity.
The Schools’ performing arts are backed by an able group of pupils who prefer to work out of the limelight. Stage lighting, prop production and backstage management are all undertaken by our older pupils.
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 to major school productions.
JUNIOR EXTRA ACTIVITIES
Discover all the extra-curricular activities our Junior pupils can join