"Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain
an artist once we grow up"
Alongside academic disciplines, the arts play an essential role in day-to-day life at Walhampton. Every child has opportunities to create and perform in writing, music, singing, drama and the visual arts.
Our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre is the hub for arts creativity, providing many opportunities for children to explore their creativity, exhibit their work, and perform in front of an audience that might comprise their classmates, parents or the entire school community.
In Drama, the school delights in performances throughout the year in our seated theatre with full sound and lighting facilities: from the unforgettable Pre-Prep Nativity to full-scale productions by our Prep School juniors and seniors. Each year, over 60 children also take LAMDA examinations, with the majority achieving Merit or Distinction. With Drama forming part of the formal curriculum for all children, we also welcome visiting performers and organise regular trips to the theatre.
In music, children across all years are introduced to theory and composition, and are actively encouraged develop a broad knowledge of classical, modern and world music. Concerts take place throughout the year. Musical talent is developed through lessons that combine fun with the practical, using the latest technology and with specialist tuition covering specific instruments. Some 130 pupils receive a half-hour instrumental/theory lesson each week. Alongside six practice rooms, two teaching rooms and theatre, a varied extra-curricular programme includes our pre-prep, junior and chapel choirs, school orchestra, jazz band, string quartet and in-house rock bands 'The Stags' and 'The Does'. We even have a well-appointed Percussion Shed where, in the interests of "noise pollution", drum kit is taught and the rock bands rehearse.
Arts activity is focused on two huge art studios, providing extensive facilities and opportunities for painting, sculpture, pottery, photography, woodwork, textiles and more, with Senior art trips each year visiting St Ives and other locations. Our beautiful 100-acre grounds allow much of the children’s work and their creativity to be expressed outdoors, including photography, filmmaking and exploring various different materials, locations and techniques.