British Education: The Arts

An integral part of a broad British education

The creative arts are celebrated in many areas of school life at King’s College. The technical challenges of learning a musical instrument, the courage and confidence needed to perform in Drama and Dance, the intellectual and linguistic expertise used to write poetry and the creative process of painting; all of these activities have an important role to play in your child’s education.

Younger children are encouraged to be creative, no matter how messy and noisy it gets. They learn about colour and shapes by mixing paints and cutting up paper. We encourage them to sing, dance and use role-play in their games. Creativity is fun and helps them to socialise with others.

As they get older, the children take a more structured approach to creativity. For example, Drama helps build their confidence in speaking English and supports their skills in public speaking. In Applied Art, the children experiment with different media including painting, photography and graphic design. This focus on process helps give them a strong foundation upon which to build other creative projects.

Pupils who choose IGCSEs and A Levels in the Arts benefit from a demanding programme, that focuses both on the creative and the technical aspects of art. For example, Music A Level covers performance, music theory and composition. Pupils who enjoy participating in the arts, but do not want to commit to academic study, can join in the many groups and clubs available outside the school day

Employers increasingly value creativity. Creative thinking is valued in careers in Science and Engineering as much as Journalism, Design or Architecture.

Drama challenges pupils to communicate confidently through actions & dialogue. We encourage them to have fun and to express themselves, either through their own words, or that of a playwright, helping them to see the impact spoken English has on society today.

— David Cook, Drama Teacher, King’s College Alicante