We want girls who act out, play up and make noise!
Lisa Brown, Redmaids' High Juniors headteacher
As we put 2020 behind us and look towards the future, Redmaids’ High Junior School is placing a renewed emphasis on the arts – an area that has been a true casualty of the pandemic.
Headteacher Lisa Brown said: “Careers in the arts are essential to our country's economy, not to mention our collective well-being, sense of community and general enjoyment of life. At Redmaids' High Junior School, we feel passionately that the future of music and theatre needs to be preserved and invested in, rather than side-lined and ignored. Our feeling is so strong that we are making a significant financial investment.
“Any Year 3 pupil joining t from Sept 2021 will have one-to-one music or drama lessons with a specialist teacher, completely free of charge for a year.”
Girls can choose between instrument or singing. Alternatively, they can opt for weekly speech and drama lessons, building confidence and vocabulary that could lead them to take LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) qualifications. The investment amounts to £600 per pupil and is in addition to class music and drama lessons.
This offer will run until the end of the 2021-22 academic year, but the school guarantees that anyone who joins its Year 3 waiting list by 31 August 2021 – even if their daughter is in infant or nursery school – will qualify for these lessons when their daughter starts at the school.
As well as encouraging a love of performing arts, there is also an academic benefit. Studies have found that music students often outperform their peers in English, maths and science, and engagement with theatre can boost academic performance, social bonding, emotional and cognitive skills in children.*
“Our aim is to inspire a generation of children who have a discerning appreciation of music and performance, as well as enhancing their general development,” Mrs Brown said.
“Long gone are the days when children should be seen and not heard. We want our pupils to act out, play up and make some noise!”