The Creative and Performing Arts present wonderful opportunities for boys to learn important auditory and presentation skills. Our pupils benefit from a diverse range of participation in Art, Drama and Music from Early Years up to GCSE so that they hone their artistic talents and develop a meaningful stage presence.
Music, and its many disciplines, instil important life skills that will serve boys well for life beyond the school gate. As a GCSE subject, Music will allow your child to specialise in the genres that they enjoy – from Dubstep to Pop or Baroque.
At Kingswood House, Music is a subject that is taken very seriously. With Music now being offered all the way up to GCSE, boys have an opportunity to showcase their natural skills and abilities to a higher level through theoretical study.
Music plays an important role in the boys’ school life with choirs, instrumental groups and performances running throughout the year. Choir, which places importance on collective enjoyment, is open for all boys in Years 3 – 11, offering a broad, current repertoire. The Kingswood Singers is a smaller, more selective group with entry gained by an audition; this is where the talented singers can develop under close tutelage. The boys perform regularly throughout the year, both in and out of school, at Epsom College Choir Day, The Carol Service, Young Voices and Prize Giving. The major highlight is the annual Choir Evening in the summer term at NESCOT theatre.
The boys take part in ensemble days at local senior schools and have an annual Play-Day workshop and concert involving pupils, staff and parents. Boys also compete in House Singing and Music competitions. The school has a strong record of success with Music Scholarships and All-rounder Scholarships to our own Senior Years and other prestigious schools.
Within the classroom, the emphasis is on every boy participating, whether they are established musicians or just beginning their journey. Each boy will gain a key understanding of the keyboard and notation, whilst developing a love for a multitude of different genres. Technology, in particular the iPads, are utilised for composition, allowing every boy to create authentic and stylistically-aware pieces of music.
Private lessons are available in a variety of instruments with pupils regularly achieving success in Associated Board, Trinity and Rock School exams.
There is a strong tradition of Drama at Kingswood House School ranging from a Lower Prep Nativity in the school hall to a major production at the Adrian Mann Theatre, NESCOT, in February each year and plenty more in between. We believe that studying Drama teaches confidence, collaboration, communication and co-operation as well as the opportunity to experience the magic of the theatre.
Pupils in Years 7 and 8 have a weekly lesson in the newly-refurbished Drama Studio working on a host of dramatic techniques and presentation skills and we are intending to offer Drama as a GCSE option from September 2020. Our new professional stage-lighting system will enable students to become involved in the technical aspects of theatre as well as acting on stage. Alongside Drama, and as well as related curriculum and theatre trips, we offer opportunities to participate in a large-scale performance every year – most recently Peter Pan (complete with a flying scene!), Oliver! and the world première of Piers Chater Robinson’s new show Tales of Hamelin. We give boys the chance to work at a professional venue, with all the facilities that entails, for the final week of rehearsals and performances. This means the cast can immerse themselves in the full theatrical experience. Furthermore, children are encouraged to pursue LAMDA Speech and Drama qualifications individually or in small groups. Younger boys can participate in Junior Drama Club and “Play in a Day” workshops.
Kingswood House boasts a strong record of success in terms of Drama Scholarships and All-Rounder Exhibitions to our own Senior Years as well as other Senior Schools.
Art provides an opportunity for practical work, both in two and three dimensions. Pupils are exposed to a wide range of materials.
The Art curriculum allows all the boys to experience many different styles and methods of painting and drawing including charcoal, water colour, oil pastels, chalk pastels and oil paints. We also model using clay and wire.
Art is taught by form teachers up to Year 4 and then by specialist Art teacher from Year 5 in the well equipped Art Room.
Themes and projects are closely linked to artists’ work and an understanding of Art History, as well as cross-curricular and cultural studies.
We hold an annual whole school Art Exhibition with exterior judges who select winning pieces. Our Art scholars research both painters and the theory of art also enjoying an Art Experience Day in Year 8. An Art club runs over two lunchtimes per week.
Art aims to offer inspiration and interest through an enthusiastic and enjoyable approach.
This gallery is from our recent Halloween Competition: