Clayesmore and the Arts
If you are a creative person you will love what is on offer here. The range of art, drama and music, particularly, is exceptional. And what is unusual is how much of it is student-led.
Students regularly go on to the top Art schools in the UK – to study fine art, photography, fashion or ceramics.
You can pursue music to the highest level – recent leavers are studying music at the Royal Academy, Royal Holloway and the Royal Northern College of Music. There are lots of opportunities to perform, if you wish to, and students regularly take Grade 8 in one or more instruments. A number gain the ARSM diploma too. Less formally, you can take Trinity exams or just enjoy your music with your friends. We will help you arrange your practice times and for those learning two or more instruments can make adjustments to the timetable to help you manage your commitments. Click here to listen to some recordings of pupil performances.
You might join the Clayesmore Theatre Company – unlike many schools you can get involved from the very start of your time in Year 9 – or submit work for the Clayesmore Film Festival, or write and direct your own play. If you enjoy the technical side of theatre and film you can do this too. We have students at Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying lighting design and one recent former pupil was part of a team winning an Oscar for computer animation in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Recent leavers have gone on to RADA and The Bristol Old Vic.
Whatever your creative interest, you will be encouraged by skilled, patient, enthusiastic staff who will help you take it to a high level.