The quality of pastoral care is outstanding, supporting well the pupils' excellent personal development.
ISI Inspection Report, June 2014
Drama and Dance enrich a child’s cultural education and contribute immensely to social and emotional development. There is also well-researched evidence that engagement in the arts results in higher academic standards.
Every child from Reception to Year 2 receives one Drama lesson per week with Key Stage 2 enjoying two lessons.
Beyond the taught curriculum we offer a wealth of opportunities for learning and performing in the Arts. The Mead is very proud of its reputation for the extremely high standards achieved in its ambitious programme of Arts activities and performances and many of our Year 6 students achieve Drama Scholarships to their chosen secondary school. The Mead School were winners of the ISA National Drama Competition in 2016 for their abridged performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Please explore the links below to get a taste of the extraordinary number and range of ways in which our pupils have fun in the Arts.
LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Drama) is open to pupils in Years 3 - 6.
LAMDA provides additional lessons for those pupils who have a particular interest or talent for Drama or those who may benefit from the experience of working in a smaller group.
LAMDA pupils prepare for examinations in the Spring term and present a selection of their work to parents at the LAMDA Concert held in the Summer term.
As well as organising School trips to local shows and plays as well as the West End we invite companies in to school for workshops and performances. Past companies have included Young Shakespeare and Perform.
THE SUMMER SHOW
Every child from Reception to Year 6 appears in our full scale musical production at the end of the Summer term. Rehearsals are held weekly at school during the term and students are lucky enough to then spend the entire performance week working in a professional local theatre where the show is blocked and performed to friends and family.
MODERN, TAP AND JAZZ
Students can start Modern, tap and Jazz from Year 1. We follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and exams are taken throughout the year in either Modern or Tap. Students are given the opportunity to show their work to parents at the end of each term.
Girls and boys from Kindergarten - Year 6 may join the after-school Extra Ballet classes. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and undertake annual examinations. We also arrange Ballet trips, to theatres and back stage areas.
From September 2015 Musical Theatre Club will be offering a fun extra activity for those children who want even more opportunities to perform! Children will be encouraged to combine all three skills in Drama, Dance and Singing and will be encouraged to work on various numbers from the West End as well as working on their own choreographic skills.
Children throughout the school are encouraged to work on a wide variety of topics in both 2D and 3D and are given the opportunity to experiment in traditional as well as new and exciting materials.