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Performing & Creative Arts

As a performing and creative arts specialist academy we are committed to excellence in art, music, drama, dance and design technology. This means excellent facilities and – most importantly – excellent teaching within these subjects. We believe performing and creative arts provide essential cultural knowledge to our students and develop a wide range of talents, helping them become confident, expressive communicators. Universities increasingly require applicants to demonstrate these skills and provide examples of success that are not purely ‘academic’.

IMG_4314This includes:

  • Visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, draftsmanship, installations)
  • Design (including design technology)
  • Music (performance, composition, improvisation, studio recording & production)
  • Film / video (including animation)
  • Dance (including choreography and performance)
  • Theatre (drama, music theatre, monologue, performance poetry, theatre design, directing), and
  • Media (radio, TV and text-based media, such as newspapers and online content)

The Academy’s education advisory partners the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) have helped developed our curriculum in these areas, giving our student access to a level of expertise that is unusual in state education. We harness the expertise of these partners to give students opportunities that you would rarely find at state school. Through LAMDA, our KS3 students receive tuition in public speaking and drama. Our dance provision is growing quickly, with the number of genres we teach being added to each year. Royal Academy of Dance teachers work with us to deliver enrichment classes to our students each week. In time we expect some KAA students to progress on from Y13 to study full time at RAD and LAMDA.