As a school, we aim to provide children of all ages with an environment that encourages them to explore and take risks in the unique world of acting.
All children take part in class assemblies and have the opportunity to take part in nativity plays, our annual talent contest “Star Search” and theatrical productions. Additionally, we are fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of our strong links with the RGSW Drama Department; children collaborate with older pupils, helping develop their confidence and performance skills.
We have a popular Year Six production club who perform annually at the end of the Trinity term: recent successes include ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. All Year Six pupils are involved whether it be making scenery, props, lighting or singing in the ensemble. In the Lent term, we hold a Performing Arts week, for pupils in Year One to Six, with drama and music workshops and visits from professional actors.
Throughout the year, Drama is enhanced by many opportunities to see live theatre, which also helps to support our academic English studies. Recent theatre trips have included 101 Dalmations at Birmingham Rep, Twelfth Night at RSC Stratford and The Jungle Book at Malvern Theatres.
Additionally, as part of the clubs programme, we encourage children to take part in sessions that are run by professionally-trained external teachers.
At RGS The Grange we recognise the importance that communication will play in your child’s life. With opportunity and support, children can develop skills in listening, knowing when to listen and when to intervene, clarity and variety of emphasis in speech and go on to use them with confidence, empathy and understanding.
To enable those children with a real passion for acting to take that extra step we also provide Lamda (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) lessons on a one-to-one basis or in small groups and recognise and enjoy these children’s skills in school assemblies and performances.