The Creative Arts
We have a partnership with the St Albans Music School, part of the Hertfordshire Music Service, who currently operate from our purpose built music centre with twelve music practice rooms and also support our music teaching, our visiting music specialist teachers and tuition, and provide some extra-curricular music that includes choirs, bands, orchestra and wind groups.
Drama and music are important aspects of our curriculum. Outings to theatres and visits from professional theatre companies enrich our pupils’ curriculum.
There are music concerts which entertain parents/carers and pupils make a significant musical and dramatic contribution to school Cathedral services. All pupils have the opportunity to join our scheme for individual instrumental tuition supervised by a team of visiting specialist teachers.
Townsend pupils also have the opportunity to join any of the St Albans Music School evening and weekend provision. For those with enthusiasm there are many musical and dramatic groups and activities to join.
Townsend means ‘teamwork’, and one of our most impressive achievements has been the Performing and Creative Arts Displays. Pupils work across the subjects of Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Gymnastics, Modern Foreign Languages, English, and Technology to create a show of extraordinary talent. Staff also organise occasional gymnastic and dance displays and there are school shows.
The creative and performing arts may not be part of the statutory curriculum nationally but at this school, pupils have the opportunity to develop their creative talents.
‘The children are what’s great about this school. They want to be involved and take part. The calibre of their performances are second to none.’