We want our pupils to have fun and leave their self-consciousness at the door. With the reassurance and guidance of our specialist teachers, even the shyest of pupils are empowered to venture beyond their comfort zone and enjoy performing.
The Elms’ values are a guiding current that flows through every area of our school and community. Within Dance and Drama, we show respect as an audience, demonstrate courage when trying new techniques, display honesty when offering feedback and convey our appreciation through applause.
LAMDA examinations in communication and performance are an optional enrichment activity that helps pupils to progress the skills acquired in Dance and Drama. For confident performers, LAMDA provides enhanced challenge and one-to-one tutoring, while less confident pupils benefit from extra time and focus on their development.
Our junior pupils benefit from two levels of the Arts Award. The Arts Award is a range of qualifications, accredited by Trinity College London, that allow children to engage with the Arts in different ways. Our students complete their ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ awards as part of our Dance and Drama curriculum in Years 3 and 5 respectively. This means they are ready to move onto their Bronze award at Trent College.