The Arts has a huge place at Wellingborough School, due to the many talented musicians, actors and artists we have had at the school. Arts events take place around the school year in the form of concerts, recital, plays, workshops and exhibitions. The Arts are offered both as academic curriculum and as extra-curricular activities for pupils to enhance their interests inside and outside of the classroom.
The School’s Drama Department is responsible for one major Senior School Production, which takes place during the Michaelmas Term. The School Play provides pupils with the opportunity to take part in the full theatrical repertoire and in recent years we have performed West Side Story , Great Expectations, The Hired Man and Les Miserables. Since 1994 we have been fortunate to have close links with the town's commercial theatre - The Castle. This provides pupils with the opportunity to work in a professional environment supported by trained theatre staff. Alongside this, there are drama festivals and Sixth Form plays throughout the school year.
The Music Department runs lessons for pupils each term in a range of different instruments, as well as singing lessons. Pupils have the opportunity to be in bands, choirs and quartets during their time at the school. Musical performances are also a highlight of the school events calendar: we have concerts for Christmas and Spring, a Rock and Blues concert in the Lent term, and a number of tea-time recitals for different instruments and genres over the school year. These events provide pupils with an opportunity to perform and showcase their skills, and each year our musicians are praised by audiences.
The Art Department has its own designated block, where artwork from pupils is displayed all year round. Pupils can explore areas ranging from photography to fine art, and artwork is regularly exhibited during school events, such as the Arts Awards Evening. Pupil artwork has also been displayed in outside locations, such as the Castle Theatre, and is represented in the school magazine ‘The Wellingburian’ to show the impressive work done by pupils to a wider audience.
The Arts also frequently work together. One of the major reasons why the School Production is so exciting is the opportunity it affords to forge cross-curricular links. For musicals we work closely with the Music Department who provide musicians and train pupils in the discipline of singing. The Art and DT Departments are responsible for the set design and construction and both encourage pupils to become fully involved in all aspects of the design process. This collaboration of the Arts is important to the school, and brings a creative buzz to all our pupils.