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Performing Arts

In these areas of the curriculum, the boys derive great benefits from joining forces with the girls of Marlston House centred on the Performing Arts Centre.


Pupil playing drumsMusic is a special feature at Brockhurst and is encouraged in every possible way. There is a full-time Director of Music who teaches all the boys from the age of three.

In class lessons, pupils are taught singing, to play the keyboards and to compose using the keyboards linked to computers.  In addition, a very high percentage of the older pupils will learn individual instruments and they are prepared for the examinations of the Royal Schools of Music and the London College of Music.

The school has several orchestras, bands, choirs and other groups which perform regularly for parents and sometimes in public.

Special provision is made for outstanding pupils to devote extra time to developing their musical talent and some pupils compete in National or International festivals and competitions and some play in the National Youth Orchestra. In addition, the department is open in free time to enthusiastic pupils to pursue their own instruments or compositions and music theory classes are offered to those progressing to higher levels.



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 boys are entered for Art Scholarships. Additional work-shops and classes from oil painting to sculpture are offered for pupils who wish to extend their talents and they are open to any enthusiastic pupils regardless of ability.



Dramatic productions involve boys at all levels of the school. The main production is staged jointly with Marlston House in the Memorial Hall, which accommodates a professionally designed theatre seating up to three hundred in a tiered auditorium. Boys 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.  In addition, a very large number of pupils take part in LAMDA progressing up to Grade 5 (GCSE), and the annual school Declamations are an important part of the spring term calendar. The school regularly wins poetry recital competitions.


‘Pupils are attentive and well-focused, creative, resilient and persistent in meeting the challenges they encounter.’

Independent Schools Inspectorate

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Hermitage, Newbury
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