Prep Arts

Drama

All our boys enjoy drama as a subject in its own right and as a learning medium across subjects. Pupils unselfconsciously mix theatre, dance, music, visual arts, and aspects of media in assemblies, concerts, and productions, working together under the guidance of a specialist teacher and via works as diverse as Greek tragedy, puppet theatre, and radio satire.

We have our own performance space, lighting and sound desks, breakout space, and costumes and props store. Exposure to theatre, opera, and visiting performers broadens the boys’ understanding of culture and place.

Participation ranges from central stage to production. Drama, as an outlet for self-expression, a medium for collaboration, and a giver of confidence in oneself and one’s peers, is a great vehicle for inclusivity.

 

Music

Supported by a rich programme of training, ensembles, choirs, and orchestras, all led by specialist musicians, all our boys are encouraged to explore their musical potential.

They perform in an array of concerts, services, festivals, competitions and galas. Many routinely gain distinctions in the higher ABRSM Grades and join county and national groups.

Our Maestro programme prepares our finest musicians for scholarship. RGS Prep is the choir school of Guildford Cathedral, with a long tradition of providing choristers for professional services throughout the year.

Our choristers receive rigorous, first class musicianship training from the cathedral and many have gone on to become professional musicians.

Art

Any visitor to RGS Prep will immediately be struck by the variety and quality of art on display. Everyone who pauses to examine the works will be impressed by the individuality of character showcased by these displays.

The teaching and learning in this subject aims above all to stimulate an individual expressive response of the boys’ own ideas, values, and viewpoint.

Creative projects in clay, felt, papier maché, card, paint, chalk, pencil, collage and wire allow the boys to see their imaginations realised in physical form. The theme might be universal but experimentation is keenly encouraged.

The Art Department is among our most active in organising trips to exhibitions, galleries, and activity centres to ensure the boys gain the widest possible appreciation of what art means, and what it means to make it.