Creative Arts at Sixth Form
The Creative Arts Faculty champions opportunity in the arts. Engaging creatively, building core strengths and qualities. Enabling our community to expand intellectual curiosity through the Creative Arts and embedding the value of creativity in the culture of King Edward VI School is what we celebrate!
“Creativity is now the #1 soft skill companies are looking for three years in a row.”
- Julia-Cristina Uta, Brand Minds
Creative Arts will give you skills like resilience; problem solving; confidence through performing; critical thinking; community and social collaboration; well-being; organisation; team work and creative thinking, the list goes on and on. Our programme offers exceptional choice and opportunity to match intellectual curiosity. Whether you have a passion for photography, musical theatre, or dance, we encourage everyone from enthusiasts to experts to get involved.
The Creative Arts make links with charity and local primary school partnerships. It can open the door for Sixth Form to get involved in community project, or using projects for the Duke of Edinburgh Award skills section.
Always a highlight in the school calendar is the KES Arts Festival, a biannual celebration of the arts in the form of a three-day festival. With workshops, concerts, lectures, plays, professional visitors and so much more it is the perfect opportunity for Sixth Form to gain skills in organisation and promotion by joining the management team.
“I came to KES only knowing a few people, but through music soon became friends with people who share the same passion.”
- Sixth Form pupil
The Drama department boasts fantastic opportunities in Sixth Form for productions and a dedicated Sixth Form play in the Spring Term. The Dobson Theatre is well equipped for those not only with an interest in dramatic performance to engage but production, behind the scenes lighting and sound tech.
The Dobson Theatre also houses our Steinway concert grand piano, used for our many concerts, recitals and masterclasses as part of the Music Departments annual programme. With three orchestras, a big band, chamber choir and many chamber ensembles classical and jazz musicians can immerse themselves in our programme. Rock and pop performers too can make the most of our recording studio and Battle of the Bands annual competition.
The newly expanding and vibrant Dance Department has a purpose-built dance studio. Promoting inclusivity and encouraging self-expression through the dance programme. The spectacular annual Dance Gala is a showcase of solo and group talent. Clubs offer a diverse range to suit interests from Tap, Street to Music Theatre.
Art has a purpose-built studio, with an open-door policy, inventive imagination is greatly encouraged and Sixth Form have opportunities for Life Drawing as well as the rich art and photography clubs available.