Performing & Creative Arts

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Parkwood Hall School has a long and celebrated tradition in Performing Arts. The benefits of this for our students are wide-ranging, but one of the attributes which the performing arts develop above all others is self-esteem. The majority of students in the school are involved in Christmas musical productions, whether on-stage or in a supporting role. They learn the importance of teamwork and listening to what is going on around them, thus making their contribution a part of the whole. This applies also to the Steel Band, who play at least once a month in the community including mainstream schools, showcasing skills which children without special educational needs find very hard to master. The band have also played at high profile events including a reception at the Savoy Hotel, London.

Exploration of music and dance is particularly valuable for students who are less verbal, and many of them learn an individual instrument or take part in dance sessions delivered by Step into Dance who are affiliated with the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Royal Academy of Dance. The benefits to their overall development are striking; they show an increased ability to concentrate, to persevere and to achieve. Many of our older students are entered for Arts Award qualifications and gain OCN units in Exploring Dance, Exploring Music and Exploring Performance.