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The Arts

We believe our children benefit enormously from involvement in the visual and performing arts, which foster confidence, high self-esteem and contribute to effective learning. On most days you will find our children singing, making music, performing drama or creating bright and ambitious art work.

Performing Arts

At the beginning of every school year in September, years 5 and 6 children take part in a workshop where they perform a Shakespearean play to their parents and families. Last September, they performed ‘Hamlet.’ We believe they are much more likely to appreciate the ‘Bard’s’ language through active engagement!

All children in the school take part in a Nativity production at Christmas every year, performed in Our Lady and St Benedict’s Church and every other year, as part of their London trip, years 5 and 6 see a West End performance. In 2015, it was ’The Lion King’.

A puppet theatre company also makes regular visits to put on a show and to hold puppetry workshops with older children.
In addition, as part of the history curriculum, children visit York and the Yorvik Centre, Rievaulx Abbey and the surrounding area. Professionals also come in to school to hold Tudor and Roman re-enactments with pupils.


Visual Arts

Willow nativity figures made by children in a workshop run by a visiting willow weaver.A visit to the National Gallery is one of the highlights of the London trip and children also visit York Art Gallery and enjoy workshops given by gallery staff. We provide as many opportunities as possible in the curriculum for children to express themselves through painting, drawing and making.





Music has always been a strength of the school. Visitors, including inspectors, often comment on the standard of singing and instrument playing. Children have every opportunity to learn to play a musical instruments through visiting teachers.

Current Timetable

Day     Instrument     Tutor
Monday pm Keyboard Mr N Thompson
Tuesday pm Cello Mrs S Revell*

 * County Music Service - peripatetic teacher


"A notable strength is pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Over a quarter of pupils play musical instruments. Allotments, a wildlife area, outdoor summerhouses and staging as well as residential visits to capital cities promote pupils’ wider education particularly well." 

OFSTED, November 2012

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