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Pupils on stage in Senior School production
Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Stonar has a comprehensive programme of performance opportunities throughout the year.

Boy playing the grand piano


Our busy Music department encourages pupils to develop an appreciation of and confidence in all musical genres. The wide-ranging programme of musical activities, in school and beyond, enables everyone to participate whether this is as part of the Chamber Choir, rock concerts or musical theatre performances. Specialist music teachers provide instrumental and vocal tuition and there will be plenty of opportunities to take music exams and compete in festivals.

Individual music and voice lessons: A team of 10 visiting peripatetic musicians give instrumental tuition in voice, piano, woodwind, brass, strings, and drums, with pupils able to work towards exams if desired or playing for pleasure.

Demon Headmaster production pupils on stage


Drama at Stonar is inspirational and ambitious. Many pupils will take part in productions and public events, performing to a variety of audiences. Drama is taught in a way that develops pupils' confidence to perform and their creativity to entertain, move and challenge audiences.

A Senior School production takes place every year and all pupils have the opportunity to get involved, whether acting or on the technical side. Pupils can also participate in more informal drama opportunities, through our inter-house drama competition.

A specialist Drama teacher will coach those who are keen to take LAMDA Speech and Drama qualifications.


Years 7-9 have Drama and Music lessons as part of the curriculum and this provides an engaging and fun introduction to both areas. Pupils are able to study Drama and Theatre and Music at both GCSE and A Level, in addition to working towards music exams and LAMDA qualifications.



Scholarships in Drama and Music are awarded for entry into Years 7, 9 and the Sixth Form, based on assessment during a practical performance, as well as submission of a portfolio of achievements and interviews with the Head of Department and Headmaster. 

Candidates will be assessed on their achievement to date as well as their potential for the future. 

Three Senior pupils playing musical instruments