“We need people who think with the creative side of their
brains—people who have played in a band, who have painted…it enhances symbiotic
thinking capabilities, not always thinking in the same paradigm, learning how
to kick-start a new idea, or how to get a job done better, less expensively.”
–Annette Byrd, GlaxoSmithKline
No one could fail in being delighted
by Wellington's Arts provision which affords all our pupils a fabulous set of
opportunities. We aim to accommodate all-comers, both those with considerable
experience and those who want to try something for the first time. No one is
unwelcome. Inclusiveness is a core arts value that we pride ourselves on and
one of the reasons why pupils are so keen to get involved in the arts at
With a major stage production every half-term, along with at
least one major event undertaken with the Music Department, this makes the
performing arts at Wellington truly all singing, all dancing! There is a strong
movement at present to put on events that embrace both dance and drama, and
there is a growing body of independent productions mounted by staff and pupils.
A Third Form Drama Club brings on the younger stars, and is run in part by
older pupils. Recent stellar productions include Twelfth Night, Into the Woods,
Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls and Macbeth. Most productions take place
in our beautiful, recently refurbished Christopher Lee Theatre.
Our recent Royal Albert Hall extravaganza reflected the
increasing power and excitement of our dance provision. Ballet, tap,
contemporary and physical theatre form just a part of what we have to offer.
Foundation, inter and advanced classes are offered in dance as well as a range
of other styles to suit the talents of those who want to dance outside of the
curriculum. We have run sessions for flamenco, jazz, modern, contemporary and
street, and there are regular showcases of this work.
Our Music provision is the cream of the crop, with virtually
every conceivable instrument and musical style on offer. With a stunning range
of full time and specialist peripatetic music staff, music at Wellington is
more than a curricular or extra-curricular subject; more a way of life! Every
Third Form pupil has the opportunity to learn an instrument as part of our
‘Music for all’ philosophy. This is one of the reasons that our various choirs,
orchestras, quartets, rock and pop bands and a cappella groups are so
ubiquitous and of such a high standard.
The quality of our visual art is more than a match for the
very best national and international schools. Our pupils paint, sculpt, film,
photograph, assemble and make imaginative and often extraordinary
installations. The Art School is a hub of activity seven days a week. Recent
exhibitions include John Keane OW, Susan Hiller, Martin Parr, Sean Scully,
Peter Monkman (BP Portrait Award Winner 2009). Grayson Perry (Turner Prize
winner 2003) gave a lecture in February 2011.
Our thriving in-house television station WCTV covers all of
our major news items and is an example of excellent pupil leadership.
Specialist teachers are available for coaching pupils who wish
to take LAMDA and New Era exams, and our Theatre Technician provides
professional fulltime technical support.