Performing and Visual Arts
We take great pride in our students’ interpretations of the visual and performing arts and we expect students to reach professional levels of performance by the time they complete their studies. The arts permeate the school, from individual contributions to assemblies, to the demanding interpretations of the classics, through to the wonderfully ambitious annual Christmas musicals; we aim to entertain our audience and challenge our performers.
We recognise the importance of the arts and value their contribution to the school. All our Performing Arts teachers are specialists with years of experience in their particular field.
Unit Works (Dance Company) is a group of Sixth Form students and other experienced dancers from across the school who prepare work for concerts and performances in other schools and events in London. Sixth Formers also run their own Dance Club as part of the A level course where they have the opportunity to choreograph and direct their own dance troupe of other dancers in the school.
There are opportunities to perform in front of a live audience - our annual 'Jazz by Candlelight' event where pupils have the opportunity to perform alongside a jazz band, our spring concert 'Sounding Off' and a variety of music clubs. Other events include visiting practitioners in the Arts Festival and introductions to Steel Pans, Samba etc.
Workshops and Professional Companies
Our students have many opportunities to work with top professionals at a variety of prestigious locations. In the past these have included The Old Vic Young Voices project, Frantic Assembly, Lea Andersons, Complicite and a question and answer session with David Walliams about his career progression and experiences in the industry. We have an ongoing relationship with freelance sound engineer Michael Smith and RnR Studios. We also work alongside students from other schools to share work, peer mark and critique work.
Theatre visits and opportunities
There are so many opportunities to attend live theatre and review top class performers. Recent highlights include Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Jungle, The Unreturning, Come From Away, Six the Musical, and a film score Masterclass with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at The Barbican Centre.
Progression to University and Higher Education
We take great satisfaction in supporting our Sixth Form students into the next stage of their lives. We offer advice about pathways in the arts and audition preparation, career advice and a programme of outside speakers who can share their experiences of how to succeed in such a demanding profession.
Mirrored dance studio with sprung floor, two drama studio spaces with lighting rigs, suite of iMacs, recording studio set up and purpose built music suite.
A range of extra- curricular opportunities are offered across the arts subjects. Sixth Formers are also encouraged to lead and facilitate arts clubs for younger students as a way of building confidence, contributing to their UCAS application and gaining valuable experience as working arts practitioners.
BODS (Bishopshalt Operatic and Dramatic Society)
The ‘big school show’ – this is an excellent opportunity for new Sixth Formers to get involved and meet new people at the start of their Sixth Form career. Our shows are all supported by a professional band, fully costumed and have won many NODA awards for the quality and standard of performance. Our performers play to packed houses over four shows. Recent productions include High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast and Legally Blonde.
Theatre Arts is a performance driven course and so there are always opportunities to rehearse and prepare performance work in small and larger groups.