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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Expressive Arts

The expressive arts department, which includes drama, music, dance, art and photography is energetic, vibrant and enthusiastic. This has a positive effect on the pupils and there are increasing numbers of girls choosing to take GCSE and A level drama and art. This is also testament to the increase in productions, performances, trips and new investment in the department. 

In the Senor School, trips to London inspire the girls and focus their efforts on GCSE coursework. The Photography Club is a success, with members winning Rotary Photographer of the Year in 2012 and 2013. The expressive arts Summer Showcase, a parents' event in the summer term, celebrates not only the A level and GCSE coursework, but also acts as platform for showing the girls' talents in dance, drama, music, art and photography.

The production of Alice in Wonderland in 2012 saw girls from Years 6-13 acting, singing and dancing together to an exceptional standard. This was followed by an excellent whole school production of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat in 2013, The Sound of Music in 2014 and Peter Pan in 2015. Several girls play lead roles in local productions, and win coveted places in the National Youth Theatre.

The Junior Department Choir came first in the Leicester Festival in 2011/2 and 2012/3 and performed not only to parents and in school, but also to the local community. Prior to their performance of Hagbane's Doom, the girls met the author of the story, who coached them and enlivened their already inspired performance. Gifted and talented girls in the Junior Department enjoyed workshops with A level expressive arts students.

The production of The Keymaster in 2013 was of a very high standard, in terms of acting, singing and dancing. In 2015, the girls starred in Treasure Island.

Every week the girls have private music lessons on a range of instruments and take LAMDA courses.