The Arts Overview
Art and Design Technology are recognised as an important part of the School’s curriculum and there are opportunities to study the subjects at GCSE and A Level. Pupils benefit from trips abroad and have the opportunity to exhibit their work both locally and further afield.
A purpose-built Art School features facilities for painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and print-making, and the Design Technology Centre includes the latest computerised technology.
Our dynamic Music Department offers pupils every opportunity to participate in a diverse range of ensembles which perform in numerous concerts, theatre productions and events throughout the year. The majority of pupils have individual instruction in a variety of genres which include Classical, Musical Theatre, Traditional Scottish Music, Pipes and Drums, Jazz, Rock and Pop. A number of our pupils are members of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland, National Youth Choir of Scotland and Great Britain, NYCoS Girls Choir, the National Children’s Orchestra and the National Youth Musical Theatre. Our pipers and drummers regularly compete both individually and as part of the School Pipe Band in National events. We run a successful Music Scholarship programme open to all musicians and during term time our Choral Scholars perform on a weekly basis with the local Cathedral choir.
Drama thrives throughout the School and the department makes full use of the theatre which has just received a state of the art upgrade to the sound system and LED lighting. There are junior and senior performances each year and pupils are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of production. A musical is put on each year and many of our pupils are entered for LAMDA and Trinity Guildhall musical theatre exams.