Music is enjoyed by all at Buckingham Preparatory School and taught to all classes by a music specialist teacher on a weekly basis. We sing in assemblies and have an after school choir practice each week. The choir performs throughout the year at all school events and in the Summer Concert, which is a musical extravaganza where the boys have the opportunity to perform proudly to friends and family.
All children are encouraged to take up a musical instrument and they are taught by a highly competent and qualified team of peripatetic teachers. There are numerous opportunities to perform, either playing in assembly, playing in the class instrumental group or the School Orchestra. The Year 6 pupils also give up their time to play for residents of Care Homes and Hospices, as well as taking part in the annual Pinner Pantomime.
Such is the emphasis on music that boys regularly reach Grade 5 and upwards before leaving the school and, as recently as Summer 2016, one pupil left the school having achieved Grade 6 merit on both the flute and the piano. Due to the high standard of music in the school Music Scholarships are often awarded at 11+.
Drama is looked upon as being an essential component of life of Buckingham Preparatory School. We believe that drama enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in drama activities. Children have the opportunity to perform and improvise stories based on a theme during school assemblies under the guidance of their class teachers. All children have the opportunity to perform in plays relating to their year groups and/or key stage to celebrate Christmas, cultural or religious events or to perform plays relating to their topic work.
The School produces 3 drama productions every year:
- The Infants (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) perform a Christmas play in the School Hall;
- The Juniors (Years 3 to 6) put on a drama production at a local theatre during the Easter Term;
- Finally a Year 6 leavers play is performed at the end of the Summer Term.
- Drama house colours are awarded to pupils who have taken part in five or more School productions. Year 6 pupils from the Preparatory School have recently been awarded Drama Scholarships to a local prestigious Independent School.
As well as drama being part of our whole school curriculum we also use Rough Magicke Drama which offers individual Speech and Drama classes at BPS; working towards LAMDA exams in acting, poetry, literature and public speaking. The exams are ultimately about empowerment; giving students the opportunity to develop the life skills they need, attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate clearly and present ideas. The classes complement your child’s progress in Drama and English, and develop public speaking skills.
Classes are designed to:
- Build confidence in public speaking and performance
- Foster a love of literature, poetry and the arts
- Improve communication skills and develop interview technique
- Expand vocabulary and improve elocution
- Nurture creative development
In a 30-minute lesson each week, pupils can perform acting monologues, practise poems, read book extracts and write and deliver speeches. Pupils work closely with their teacher to develop presentation skills, interview technique, and day-to-day communication. Students work towards LAMDA exams, and are also offered the chance to participate in local drama festivals, and our in-house showcases.
LAMDA has been recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual, and the top grades carry UCAS points, useful for University applications.