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8

Nurturing

talent

Music

The standard and scale of music is exceptional

and the Ruddock Hall provides a beautiful

venue for musical events, which are done in

collaboration with King Edward VI High School

for Girls (KEHS).

The School’s Symphony Orchestra numbers 90

and plays a very demanding repertoire, which

has recently included Brahms’s

Symphony

No. 4

, Copland’s

Appalachian Spring

, Dvorák’s

Symphony No. 7

and John Adams’s

The

Chairman Dances

. However, there are

12 groups boys can join ranging from a

boys’ choir of 150 to the Swing Band and

Guitar Ensemble.

There are major concerts at Christmas and

in the spring and summer term, and smaller

concerts and recitals take place throughout

the year. Boys are also regularly chosen to be

members of the National Youth Orchestra or

National Children’s Orchestra.

Drama

Drama is as diverse and extensive as music

and there are lots of ways to get involved

through acting, set design, lighting, sound,

publicity and drama clubs, and a full-scale

musical can involve over 100 boys and girls.

Each year there is both a junior and senior

production, run in conjunction with KEHS, and

recent major productions include

Wuthering

Heights

,

Cabaret

,

The Winter’s Tale

,

West Side

Story

, and

Les Misérables

.

Sport

Sport is an integral part of school life and all

boys get the chance to do PE and games

throughout their careers. Sport is also central

to the House system and there are House

competitions in 10 different sports. In total,

there are 18 different sports to play, whether in

a school team or simply for enjoyment.

The major team sports in the winter terms

are rugby and hockey and every boy gets the

chance to play both of these sports in the

first three years. The opportunity to play for

the School is extensive as both rugby and

hockey have more than 15 school teams and

200 fixtures each year. In the summer, cricket,

athletics and tennis are the main options.

However, there are other sports where the

School wins national success on a regular

basis, in particular water polo and badminton.

In all of these sports we have coaches of

a very high level, including Olympic and

international athletes.

Boys can also take part in archery, basketball,

cross-country, fencing, golf, martial arts,

sailing, squash, swimming, table tennis and

volleyball, competitively or for enjoyment, and

clubs are run for all abilities.

Academic achievements matter but so do other experiences. This school is about activity and enjoyment and the

sharing of life with others. These activities breed confidence, relationships and resilience. That’s why we strive to

have the widest range of activities, so that every boy can find at least one thing that enlivens and enriches his life.

“Everyone is encouraged to

try a sport; even if sport’s

not your thing you are

given a chance. I’d never

played rugby before but

now I am a member of

the A Team because I was

given the opportunity and

great coaching.”

Year 8 pupil