Prep Music and Drama
Every child at Stafford Prep School takes part in a school play each year. We love to see the pupils’ confidence grow as they make memories to last a life-time.
Reception and Key Stage 1 produce our annual traditional Nativity, which is always a highlight of the school year. Years 3 and 4 perform a version of the Christmas story which is always entertaining: ‘The Good, The Bad and The Donkey’, ‘Behind the Stable Door’ and ‘Rock around Christmas’. Year 5 and 6 take the limelight in the Summer Term with an entertaining musical. Recent productions have included ‘What a Knight’, ‘Superstan’, and ‘Rock Bottom’.
We also have many pupils who begin LAMDA lessons in the Prep School, either in pairs or small groups. Children start LAMDA as young as Reception age which gives them a great start and an abundance of confidence.
Every day the sound of children’s singing fills Stafford Prep School. From the moment join Stafford Prep School, our pupils are immersed an array of musical opportunities.
Our music lessons are taught by specialist music teachers from the senior school and all pupils are given the opportunity to learn an instrument with visiting music teachers. In Year 4, all pupils learn an instrument as part of their lessons. These lessons continue for the whole year and, together with instrument hire, are provided free of charge to give children the opportunity to experience learning an instrument, which many continue with in the future.
The School Choirs - Training Choir (for Years 1-3) and Senior Choir (Years 3-6) – are very well attended. As well as singing in school concerts and other events, the Choirs enter regional and national choral competitions Newcastle Festival and Gotta Sing. Our children love to sing, and as well as performing at our carol service at St. Mary’s Church, we all love to hear Reception children singing in their annual nativity. There is a biennial choir tour to London to sing at St Paul's Actors Church in Covent Garden, and the children also get to watch a West End Show!
We have a full size orchestra in the Prep School, with well over 20 members of the Prep School playing a full range of instruments. Children that are on our ‘Aim Higher’ Programme for music are invited to join the Senior School orchestra/concert band to broaden their experience.
Children can sign up for a wide variety of peripatetic music lessons. These are individual lessons where the children are collected in person and taken to a dedicated music room. Children can progress through the grades and perform in informal concerts to build their confidence, as well as whole school concerts.