Creative Arts Faculty
We believe every child should have access to a high quality Creative Arts education from a young age - it introduces children to other cultures; boosts self-esteem; refines discipline and patience; cultivates social skills; develops physical skills; and improves academic skills. These valuable attributes foster cross phase, lifelong learning, and are inextricably linked to every other aspect of the children’s education.
Art & Design
Children begin their art journey by exploring the different materials that are used and are encouraged to express themselves creatively. The children investigate different artists and styles and as techniques are mastered, confidence in visual communication, with its own language of colour, texture, form, proportion, line, light and shade, is developed.
The Art Studio, is a light an airy dedicated space, overlooking The Croft’s playing fields and Conservation Forest staffed by Specialist Teachers, encouraging every child to their own success. The Art Studio also has its own Kiln Room.
Children frequently gain Art Scholarships to Secondary Schools.
Drama at The Croft is very popular with the children. Weekly lessons allow children at all levels the opportunity to express themselves using script or improvisation, exploring dramatic techniques and vocal skills to nurture their acting talent. In weekly Drama lessons, pupils are encouraged to explore emotions, building the confidence to become more effective communicators and listeners.
We have a dedicated Drama teacher and a 600 seat Theatre, which the children perform in, from as young as 3 years old. We believe that performing at such a young age, in a safe and secure environment, develops children’s confidence and fosters great resilience and a growth mind-set. It is an enormous achievement to perform on a professional stage and lots of fun too!
Every pupil has the opportunity to appear on stage in the Theatre throughout the school year, from class assemblies to large-scale productions, such as the Nativity Plays, Spring Performances and Summer Shows.
During Year 6, the children have the wonderful opportunity of performing in an epic-scaled production. Their curriculum is collapsed for two weeks in the Lent Term - once all their relevant onward entrance exams have been taken - and children busy themselves making props and sets, learning to sing the songs and practising lines, and finally performing in front of a full theatre of family and friends. Every year The Croft community is amazed at the sheer professional level the children and staff achieve.
The Music department at The Croft is, in a word, joyous. With the understanding Music is for everyone, the department is extremely busy with 75% of children, from Years 2 to 6, learning to play one or more instruments, including voice. The Croft also has three choirs, which perform at concerts, recitals and services throughout the year.
There is a main School Orchestra and various training ensembles, including: Wind Band; String, Brass, Guitar and Percussion Ensembles. An experienced team of fourteen peripatetic teachers cover all the major orchestral instruments, including orchestral percussion. The Piano, Classical Guitar and Singing are also taught.
Professional musicians visit the school regularly to provide workshops for our children, and there are excursions to external workshops and performances.