The Peterborough School offers a wide range of opportunities in the Performing Arts, include Music, Dance and Drama. Students from Nursery to Sixth Form perform in productions throughout the year. The annual school musical is one of the many artistic highlights in the school calendar and involves over 100 children from Year 2 upwards. This year was no exception and Oliver! produced a plethora of talent. Previous shows include The Boyfriend, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls and Beauty and The Beast. This year the school has also participated in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival which allowed the students to appear in a professional theatre in Kings Lynn and work with professionals from the RSC.
The impact that participating in the shows has can be seen from these quotes: "Oliver! is honestly the highlight of my school career. The cast became a family through the weeks of rehearsal and it was such a thoroughly rewarding experience. Everyone involved went on a personal journey - 'special' is the best word to describe the process". (Abigail, Year 13). "My experience of Oliver! was amazing. I don't think I have made so many friends so quickly in my life. The rehearsals and the performance themselves are indescribable. Words simply can't explain." (Ben, Year 11)
Each production is supported by a professional technical team and opportunities to gain experience in house and work experience with outside companies is always available.
Speech and Drama is also taught throughout the school and both LAMDA and New Era Academy Syllabuses are taught with a proven track record of excellent results in all disciplines. The UCAS points gained for these exams prove a popular choice for those with interests in Business and Performing Arts. This is also a subject that promotes self-confidence and raises self-esteem.
Many students have worked with professional companies and trained with the National Theatre or attended Drama School after TPS.
Drama clubs in both the Preparatory and Senior Schools ensure that opportunities are offered to all who have a passion for performing or learning the technical aspects of theatre. Film clubs are also popular throughout the school and a high level of success has been achieved.
Dance features in the Nursery, Preparatory and Senior Schools with children studying various disciplines of ballet, modern and contemporary styles. GCSE and A Level Dance are also offered. Dance Clubs are available as are opportunities to enter competitions and events.
The school hosts its own Music Festival in March and over 200 students perform in one of the many instrumental or singing classes. Class winners and runners-up then perform at the Music Festival Awards evening.
Over 60% of the pupils have instrumental or singing lessons. Our excellent teachers follow the syllabus of the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music and our success rate is extremely high, with many of them passing with merits and distinctions. Whatever the instrument, we have a professional tutor to teach individually or in groups: all instrumentalists are encouraged to perform regularly in chamber ensembles.
One of the most popular regular events is the Jazz breakfast. Professional musicians provide music while parents and friends of the school enjoy a range of breakfast treats provided by our outstanding catering staff whilst reading the Sunday papers. All of this takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the Refectory Gallery where the inspirational artwork of the students adorns the walls.
Whatever your skills and interests, we believe that participation in the Performing Arts enhances confidence across all life experiences and allows an invaluable outlet for emotional expression. The school prides itself in taking the passion of the students and developing the skills that lead to an enjoyable and high level of professionalism in a wide range of performances.