"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."
- Head of Performing Arts – Mrs G. Brooks
- Second in Performing Arts – Mr J. Bourne
- Teacher of Drama & Key Stage 3 Performing Arts – Mrs E. Edward
Performing Arts is an integral, dynamic and growing department at Maidstone Grammar School. All students, from experienced performers to complete novices, are encouraged to develop and explore their musical and dramatic talents. Our students enjoy Performing Arts as part of their curriculum from their arrival in Year 7, and have the option of continuing on to study Drama and Music at Key Stage 4, and Music and Music Technology at Key Stage 5.
Key Stage 3, year 7 and 8 follow our own Performing Arts curriculum. Please see the details below. We focus on active participation, combined with key theory and basic subject terminology.
At Key Stage 4, we offer GCSE Drama and Music. At Key Stage 5, we offer A level Music and Music Technology. We follow the Edexcel examination specifications for all Key Stage 4 and 5 courses.
Extra-curricular Performing Arts
Showcases take place at least twice per year. These are in addition to GCSE events and whole school productions. These include musical performances (classical, contemporary and rock are all popular in the school) as well as performances by singers, dancers, magicians and actors. In recent years the school has staged productions of ‘DNA’, ‘School of Rock’, ‘Zorro!’, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘O, What a Lovely War!’. In December 2018, we will be performing the pantomime ‘Treasure Island.’
Many students take part in lunchtime activities or use our practice rooms to rehearse. An ever-increasing number of students are learning to play musical instruments in school, with lessons delivered by our peripatetic music teachers. The MGS Singers practise and perform a variety of vocal pieces - both choral classics and more contemporary works- including, most recently, ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ by The Beatles. Students are also welcome to take part in our Big Band, or perform as part of our Gaudeamus Brass. We do have some bursary assistance available to support students who wish to learn an instrument but need some financial support.
We are delighted to offer a wide range of opportunities to help students explore their musical and theatrical talents. MGS Performing Arts rocks!