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Arts College

Our Arts College status means that we are able to offer an extensive and varied range of opportunities in both performing and visual arts.  Whether this be through our wide selection of qualifications or via experiences and opportunities that we offer in the Arts, we aim to inspire creativity, develop individuality and support our students to become well rounded adults.

For more detailed information on the qualifications and expectations within each subject area please use the links to the right.


We pride ourselves in achieving high outcomes for our pupils across the Arts and have seen many of our pupils progress to some of the country’s leading universities, colleges and schools.


Drama  - headline fig @ A2 100% A-C with students progressing to:

  • Guildford School of Acting - Musical Theatre
  • Kent University - Drama and Theatre
  • University of Surrey

Dance - headline fig @ A2 100% A-C with students progressing to:

  • Chichester
  • Middlesex
  • Exeter and DeMontfort universities
  • The London Studio Centre
  • Doreen Bird
  • Trinity Laban.

Music - 100% A-C with all pupils from the 2014 cohort progressing to further education in Music and studying a wide variety of courses from Audio Engineering to Pop Music Production to more traditional conservatoire training. Students have gone onto the universities of:

  • Southampton
  • Cardiff
  • Portsmouth
  • Music Tech Schools in Fulham.

Special mention to Max Wright who was awarded a scholarship to The Royal Welsh College of Music and Rebecca Crone who was accepted to read Music at Oxford.

Art - A2.. headline figure students progressing to Goldsmiths - Digital Arts, etc

Photography headline figure...A2

Textiles - headline figure


As an Arts College we strive to provide an extensive trips calendar throughout the year. We recognise the importance of exposure to quality arts experiences and performances for our students.  Highlights have included The London Schools symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, Othello - Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, Goodwood Sculpture Park, V&A Museum, Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillame, Matthew Bournes Edward Scissorhands.  Many of these opportunities are subsidised for our students to ensure they are available to all. 


We acknowledge the value and impact that participating in workshops run by visiting practitioners can have and again plan for an inspiring and interesting range of activities to engage our pupils. Highlights this academic year have included:

  • Jo Shah (Bishopshalt Alumni) Bollywood
  • Zoe Charles - Burlesque/Show Dance
  • Frantic Assembly - Physical Theatre in devising
  • Flawless Dance Company
  • Art - Life Drawing opportunity 


Engaging with professional agencies both in and out of school offers our students a greater understanding of the arts and the careers and possibilities .
This year we are working closely with:

  • 2Faced Dance Company, (performing at The Place a professional dance venue in Euston as part of the 2Faced showcase)
  • Trinity Laban Dance Academy
  • Chloe Aliyanna - MA Trinity Laban - producing filmed site specific dance - see link
  • Youth Music Theatre
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • The Southbank Centre - Clare Connor - Speakers4Schools
  • RnR Studios
  • TFL - ....

ART (Citizenhsip)

Students who won a competition to create an idea for a film to raise awareness and encourage students to walk/cycle to school. Our students won the dragons den style competition and will now be working alongside a professional filming agency to produce their short promotional film. The completed product that will be shown through Youtube and other social media platforms.


A site specific dance project run by professional dancer and choreographer Chloe Aliyanna working alongside our year 13 dancers was an excellent opportunity to think about choreography in new ways through the exploration of space and film. The project involved workshops, devising with Chloe, watching her own choreographic performance and culminated in a short film being made. 

ARTS – Careers – Creative Industries

All of our year 12 & 13 art students will have the opportunity to attend a keynote speech and discussion workshops with Clare Connor who is head of business development at the South Bank Centre which is one of the country’s leading multi-disciplinary arts centre grossing over 43 million each year.

Through the session she will explore themes of the transferable skills arts subjects offer in the world of business, the need as an artist to have ‘adaptive resilience’ in order to survive and looking at how what we learn from our own life experiences can be invaluable in our future careers. This promises to be an exciting and inspiring opportunity for our future arts professionals.

Touring/Residential Performance Opportunities

Music Tour 2014 - very successful - looking forward to the tour in 2016. 

Dance - performance at Uxbridge College as part of their World Trade day, performance at the Copper Box in the London Olympic Park as part of London Youth Games in March.

Theatre Studies - Annual residential trip for our Year 13 Theatre Studies students which takes place in September/October.

Visual Arts goes online tour...

Our visual artists are going to be curating their own online exhibitions through our Arts College pages these can also be viewed via the @bishopshaltarts twitter feed. This will see our students showcasing their own and others work each term chosen by a different student artist. 


Our KS3 Arts Festival takes place every three years in July.  For those two days our KS3 students come off timetable and are offered a variety of events to participate in. Each student has the opportunity to see a West End show and we have been to The Lion King, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Billy Elliot, Matilda to name but a few and then on the alternate day students are given the opportunity to choose from 12 art based workshops. These two days always prove to be exciting for the students and perhaps offer some of them experiences they will never forget.

Link to our events