Visual and performing arts are a fundamental part of life at Mayville. We believe that creative exploration helps to promote confidence and self-determination in pupils. In addition to the immediate rewards of making, performing or displaying creative work, children also benefit from developing a sense of innovation and adaptability that helps them to negotiate, solve problems and make decisions independently. These skills are essential to a rounded and balanced education.
The curriculum at Mayville reflects our commitment to the arts. Creative subjects are given a significant allocation within both timetabled lessons and co-curricular activities for children of all ages. Weekly assemblies, termly concerts and regular productions give every child the chance to perform in front of their peers, as well as represent the School in the local community. Our pupils are confident performers and self-assured public speakers; a number of pupils gain LAMDA qualifications in addition to their regular studies. We have outstanding Drama, Music and Dance departments with dedicated rehearsal and performance spaces. Individual lessons are available in singing and a wide range of musical instruments, with pupils also having the opportunity to perform together in the Orchestra, Choir or Band.
Fully-equipped studio spaces provide opportunities for pupils to experiment with an extensive range of media and materials in Art, Graphics and Design Technology. Our new Food Technology department gives students the chance to develop practical cooking skills whilst exploring their creativity in culinary arts. Expert subject teachers encourage experimentation and support progress through all creative departments.
Mayville’s creative arts are well represented outside of the School, with a number of pupils performing at a professional level in West End shows and national competitions. Regular large scale productions, whether staged in our own theatre space or at the King’s Theatre, along with all-school involvement in the annual Rock Challenge competition, give everyone the chance to benefit from participation. Behind-the-scenes roles in lighting, sound, costume, set design and scene painting offer all pupils a chance to enjoy being part of the team.
The arts are for everybody – Mayville children are encouraged to develop their creative imagination and make their own unique contribution to the cultural life of the school.