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The Arts @ DG


'To be an artist is to believe in life'      (Henry Moore)

We inspire young people to explore their talents, skills and character through the Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, Art & Languages), utilising their curiosity and creativity to find new ways of achieving their potential and to have the confidence, drive and resilience to follow their ambitions.

We are committed to providing a rich Arts offer both within and outside the curriculum, our students will be successful across all aspects of school life and beyond. 

Our offer is broad and is growing year-on-year. This includes:

  • Wide variety of art subjects on offer at KS3- much curriculum time given over to the Arts. 
  • Free music instrument lessons for every KS3 student.
  • Every studentwill have the opportunity to visit a live theatre or exhibition at least once during Key Stage 3. 
  • Wide offer of Arts based clubs after school.
  • Orchestra/school band/choir open to ALL students of all musical abilities.
  • Opportunity to opt formore than one Arts option at KS4.
  • Scholarships on offer for our most gifted creatives (to be introduced in 2023/24)
  • 1x whole school musical per year open to ALL.
  • Termly art exhibitions and showcases for ALL.
  • Termly open mic's.
  • Artist's in residence in place offering access to live art making.
  • Regular programme of arts celebration and showcasing in assemblies.
  • Strong and effective partnerships with outstanding Arts providers including Trinity Laban, The Arts Council, The Albany, Secondwave and many more!
  • Year 9 Specialism day- an entire day devoted to the Arts enabling a flexible and creative approach to curriculum planning and delivery. 
  • Dream days celebrations in the summer term- collapsed and vertical curriculum days exploring deep themes through the Arts. 

The Arts play an important role in school life here at DG. We are huge ambassadors for the Arts as was the late Sir Ken Robinson. He was an internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation, and the author of Finding Your Element, The Element, and Out of Our Minds. He also has the most viewed TED talk of all time with over 65 million views –”Do Schools Kill Creativity?” He will be remembered as an influential voice in education and the arts. Sir Ken believed that creativity is central to human improvement and innovation, and art teachers have the ability to empower students with creativity.