Performing Arts

 We believe that the Performing Arts play an important role in developing a child’s communication skills, self-confidence and imagination. Our specialist teachers for Music, LAMDA and Dance ensure that pupils achieve the highest standards possible in these areas. This is complemented by our outstanding facilities – purpose built music rooms, drama studios and a dance studio. 

All classes have weekly music lessons where pupils take part in singing, playing percussion instruments, composing, listening and appraising music.  There are several choirs across the school including: an Infant Choir, a Junior Choir and a Senior Choir. There is also a flourishing school orchestra. In 2016, the Preparatory School choirs performed in a number of exciting venues, including The O2 Arena in London.


Year 6 pupils perform a spectacular musical show or play in their final year; in 2016 the out-going Year 6 pupils performed 'Honk’, an adaption of the Ugly Duckling.

Dance forms a part of the curriculum for Pre-Reception and Reception children and is available to all pupils as a co-curricular activity. Currently, pupils can choose from ballet, tap, jazz, street dance, modern and musical theatre.

There are many performance opportunities for all of these disciplines throughout the year and pupils can take professional examinations and grades. We also enter as many competitions as possible, so that pupils have a purpose to their learning and so that they can experience other young people engaging in the performing arts at a high level.

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2017-2018 Dance Calendar

Michaelmas Term - Weekdays


Dance Term Dates

Open Morning

No Saturday School

No Saturday School

Rising Stars Dance Competition

Half Term

Suffolk Dance Festival

Mock Exams Modern and Tap

Mock Ballet examinations

Thursday 7 September – Saturday 9 December

Saturday 30 September (Advanced Company only)

Saturday 30 September

Saturday 14 October (Taster day)

14 - 15 October and 21-22 October

Monday 23 October – Sunday 5 November

4 - 5 November and 11-12 November

Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 November

Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 December

Ballet Examinations

Modern and Tap Examinations

Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December

Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December

Christmas Dance Party

Lent Term - Weekdays

Saturday 9 December 3.00 -6.00pm


Dance Term Dates

BDTD Dance Comp

No Saturday School

Sudbury Dance Comp

Saturday Classes return

Move It Trip

Monday 8 January - Wednesday 28 March

20 - 21 January and 27 - 28 January

Saturday 10 February

10 - 15 February

Saturday 17 February

Friday 16 March (Advance Dance Company only)

Dance Examinations

Last Saturday class

Friday 23 March

Saturday 24 March

Trinity Term - Weekdays


Dance Term Dates

Open Morning

Wednesday 18 April – Saturday 30 June

Saturday 5 May

Dance Show Rehearsal (New Hall School)

The Colchester Dance competition

The Chelmsford Dance Competition

Saturday 12May



Dance Show Rehearsal (Civic Theatre)

Saturday 23 June

Dance Show (Civic Theatre)

Disneyland Paris Trip

Dance Summer School (Over The Rainbow)

Saturday 23 June (7.00pm) and Sunday 24 June (1.30pm & 5.00pm)

Saturday 21 - Monday 23 July

28 - 30 August