Our Performing Arts Department is run by Tania Du Bois, our Head of Drama, and her team of specialist performing arts teachers.
We have a strong tradition of Drama and Performing Arts at Beaulieu. All our students, from Reception to Year 8, are provided with one hour of drama a week. We offer GCSE AQA drama and GCSE AQA Dance, and begin the course at Year 9, offering three years to complete it. We also offer LAMDA qualifications at Year 9 through to Year 11, culminating in students gaining UCAS points. At Key Stage 5 we offer AQA A Level in Drama and Theatre, which incorporates the study of drama and theatre through script work, performance and theatre reviews and is specially tailored by our team to cater for our students' individual talents and aspirations. We also offer AQA Dance A Level, which looks at the history of dance, through choreography, performance and critical analysis of past works.
We have enjoyed a huge amount of success in this area over the last few years and we regularly attract students from the other private secondary schools, keen to study performing arts at Beaulieu, via the reciprocal relationship we have.
Our dedicated team also provide one on one audition preparation and training for students hoping to study drama or dance at higher education.
At Beaulieu we passionately support the notion of offering every pupil the opportunity to shine in their chosen area of interest. We believe performing arts help our students to gain confidence and develop their team building skills. It also trains them to work to a deadline and develops both their communication skills and their problem solving capabilities.
In addition to our curriculum activities we offer a whole range of extra curricular activities to those students with a passion for performing arts:
Year 6 graduation production
Our Year 6 students stage an annual graduation production to mark the occasion of them completing their time at Primary School. Past productions have included work by Shakespeare and Terry Pratchett and Disney's 'The Lion King', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'The Jungle Book' and 'The Aristocats'.
We regularly have great success at all ages in the Drama Eisteddfod, winning classes, platinum certificates and whole group cups for a variety of disciplines including mime, scripted and dance drama.
Every second year we perform a liturgical dance at our Feast Day on December 8th. A particularly successful past performance documented one woman's fight against breast cancer to the track 'Halo' by Beyonce.
School musical or play
Every second year we put on a musical or play. They are always a resounding success and a sell-out. Students take responsibility for lighting, sound, costume design, make up, set design and creation, programme design and development.
Past performances include: 'The Sound of Music', 'Annie', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Aladdin', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'Peter Pan', 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Singin' in the Rain'.
House Drama and House Dance
Our students run these extremely popular events themselves, with support from our Performing Arts team.
We run a junior and a senior drama club, where students practice their Eisteddfod pieces and develop their talent.
Activities Week offers fantastic opportunities for drama enthusiasts. In the past we have run an 'express production' and a drama trip on alternate years. The express production involves staging a show in four days, performing it on the fifth day. These shows are usually based on physical drama and recent productions have included Macbeth and Arabian Nights.
Drama trip destinations have included London, Italy, and Barcelona, which not only incorporated the cultural sights but also resulted in Year 10 GCSE Drama students gaining another graded performance towards their Drama GCSE. These trips ensure that students have a varied diet of theatre that allows them to write theatre reviews in their written exams for GCSE and A Level.
A Level Evening
This is an evening held at the Arts Centre for Year 12 and 13 students, where we show practical exam work which is assessed by examiners on the night and also attended by parents, friends and staff.
We are very proud of the achievements of our past pupils. Many go on study Performing Arts in higher education and we have alumni who have attended Performers College, Lanes and Birds. A past pupil, Francesca Pim, studied at the Royal Academy of Dance. She says:
'Studying Drama and Performance Studies at Beaulieu prepared me for many aspects of my degree. Material that we studied at A Level was a focal point of many lectures and I felt that I was ahead of the game.'
Many of our students go on to forge a career in Performing Arts, with recent alumni working in the music industry, theatre production, make up and musical and acting theatre and theatre management. Jonny Labey, a former A Level Performance Studies student, was in Eastenders and past pupils Samantha Neil and Jordan Livesey have both performed in the West End. In addition, past pupil Chloe Baker performed in Paris as a dancer. Others continue to practice their passion while in full time employment or higher education.
'The atmosphere was so professional and it was fun at the same time. I made lots of new friends from other year groups too and built up a lot of self-confidence.'
Rebecca Dunn, on The Sound of Music