The Academy has a vibrant Performing Arts Department, offering opportunities for creative self-expression and involvement at every level. Performing Arts can have a profoundly positive impact on pupil’s emotional well-being, offering them a respite from the rigors of academia, whilst still encouraging them to develop vital soft skills. Performing Arts provide an excellent outlet for pupils to explore the issues that affect them on a day-to-day basis, through song, dance and drama.
Through Performing Arts, pupils are encouraged to connect with their audience, inspiring them to feel and challenging them to think. They also become well-versed in conveying their messages through verbal and non-verbal communication, whilst considering how their work can be perceived from a variety of different perspectives. All of these skills are vital to becoming an effective and respected leader.
At The Valley Leadership Academy, pupils have the opportunity to perform in assemblies, seasonal productions, open evenings, award evenings and talent shows. We encourage all of our pupils to take on leadership roles in Academy plays and productions. All year groups are invited to audition for age-appropriate main parts and/or the chorus. Those pupils who are chosen to participate in Academy plays and productions develop a sense of personal responsibility and accountability. They have to learn their lines and express themselves with flair and confidence. They grow to understand the importance of showing up to rehearsals on time and not letting others down, as well as the necessity of delivering a compelling performance when it counts.
Pupils also have the opportunity to develop their emotional intelligence and communication skills – which are essential to being a good leader – by exploring the motivations and mind-sets of their characters so they can deliver their lines with authenticity.
Pupils are encouraged to express themselves creatively through music, and are given the opportunity to demonstrate their performance leadership skills through composing their own pieces. They are able to perform their work in front of their peers and on some occasions, the general public, giving them a platform to connect with – and express themselves to – others. Those pupils who demonstrate a particular aptitude for music are also encouraged to plan, rehearse and take full responsibility for organising performances showcasing the talents of pupils. This gives pupils the opportunity to lead by example and use their skills to encourage others. In doing so, they develop their independence, a sense of responsibility and vital team working skills.
Our Arts offer is designed to allow pupils to grow as artists, inspiring them to connect with, and take part in, the wider arts world through undertaking arts-related challenges in a variety of forms – including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia.
The Arts offer gives pupils the opportunity to:
- Discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
- Experience a range of cultural activities
- Work with creative arts professionals
- Develop their creativity and leadership skills
- Learn new skills and share them with others