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Performing Arts


Music is a special feature at Marlston House and is encouraged in every possible way. There is a full-time Director of Music who teaches all the girls from the age of three and a very wide range of instrumental tuition is also offered by the department.

Each term, informal class concerts provide a platform for everyone having individual music lessons to perform, from beginners to Grade 8 scholars, and larger formal concerts also enable our senior and junior orchestras, ensembles and choirs to perform.

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 girls learn individual instruments and they are prepared for the examinations of the Royal Schools of Music and the London College of Music.

Special provision is made for outstanding pupils to devote extra time to developing their musical talent and some pupils compete at National or International festivals and others play in the National Youth Orchestra. 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 studio, design technology workshop, chef’s kitchen 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. Additional work-shops and classes from oil painting to sculpture are offered for pupils to extend their talents regardless of ability.


Productions involve girls at all levels of the school and are staged jointly with Brockhurst in the PAC, which accommodates a professionally designed theatre. Girls are involved in all aspects of them including set design and lighting. In addition, many pupils take part in LAMDA courses, progressing up to Grade 5 (GCSE). The school also regularly wins poetry recital competitions.

Ballet lessons and LAMDA are taught by specialist staff. Drama is often presented for 13+ entry to senior schools at scholarship level.


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

Independent Schools Inspectorate

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