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Brockhurst and Marlston House School
Independent Schools Inspectorate rated excellent in all categories Independent Schools Inspectorate The Good Schools Guide

Music and Drama

Music is a special feature at Marlston House and is encouraged in every possible way. The pre-prep pupils are introduced through music and movement, percussion, recorder playing, ballet and dance.

There is a full-time Director of Music and all girls are taught singing and have lessons in musical appreciation. Pupils are prepared for the examinations of the Royal Schools of Music and the London College of Music.

The school has a combined orchestra with Brockhurst and several instrumental ensembles. In addition, there is a flourishing choir. Girls make full use of the new Performing Arts Centre with its extensive facilities for music and drama and a direct connection to the Art and Design departments.


Art is taught throughout the school and visits are made to galleries, museums and exhibitions. Facilities include a new studio and a fully equipped pottery which is used both in and out of normal teaching periods. Advantage is taken of the school's fine architecture and surrounding countryside for painting and drawing and talented girls are entered for art scholarships.

Dramatic productions involve girls at all levels of the school. The main production is staged jointly with Brockhurst in the Memorial Hall, which accommodates a professionally designed theatre seating up to three hundred in a tiered auditorium. Girls are involved in all aspects of the production including set design and lighting. Smaller productions, often involving individual classes, are staged at varying times during the year.

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Brockhurst and Marlston House Schools
Hermitage, Newbury
Berkshire RG18 9UL

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Tel: 01635 200293

Email: (Mrs Emma Ellis-Davies)

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