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The Performing Arts

Drama and Music are not only taught from Year 9 as subjects, and offered at GCSE and A Level (Theatre Studies is available as an A Level rather than Drama) as qualifications, but we offer a range of busy and popular clubs, performances and activities in both disciplines.

We regularly invite leading professional musicians and drama specialists to run masterclasses and workshops. There is further support with free classes in music theory and links with external organisations. The Drama and English Departments run regular theatre trips to both regional and national productions.

Scholarships are available in Music and Drama at 13+ and Sixth Form

Drama

Being involved in Drama gives much more than the production itself, pupils develop confidence, public-speaking and team skills. Working with a large group, they learn patience and tolerance and understanding of others’ perspectives. At Wycliffe, pupils are involved back-stage with music technology, costumes and workshops, as well as front of house performances. We offer formal qualifications in GCSE Drama, A Level Theatre Studies, or LAMDA speech and drama examinations, as well as the Youth Theatre and Drama Clubs. Each year, there is a full School production in January and throughout the year the Houses take part in House Drama competitions.

Music

We encourage pupils to get involved in music outside of the classroom and meet with each pupil when they first join to gauge their musical experience and interest. Extra-curricular musical activities include: Chapel Choir, Orchestra and smaller ensembles like Guitar Group and Flute Group. We aim to provide something for everyone, exploring a wide range of musical styles.

We have a busy programme of concerts, ranging from intimate Teatime Concerts and Gig Nights, to large school concerts and external performances, as well as the hugely popular House Music competitions.

Our specialist peripatetic teachers provide individual tuition on a wide range of instruments, with over 120 lessons taking place each week. A high proportion of our pupils hold music qualifications, and some learn an instrument without working towards an exam.

Many pupils are actively involved in the opportunities available for hearing and playing music, studying literature and art, and visiting the theatre. They clearly appreciate non-material aspects of life.

Recent Independent Schools Inspectorate