Head of the Art Depatment: Susie Coughlin
Deputy Head of Department: Sophie Shear
Our team of six art-trained specialists welcomes you to our department.
We are very pleased to provide such diversity in learning, within this highly supportive and multidisciplinary environment.
Teaching specialists: Jolene Uren, Julian Belmonte, Anna Burgess, Flic Sanders,
From as early as Year 4, we aim to inspire the next generation of artists and designers, with dynamic schemes of work packed full of exciting activities that will build skills, as well as motivate and enhance students’ enjoyment of this subject area. We achieve this by offering a particularly broad range of disciplines; for example, Year 8 students not only attend general art and design classes, they also receive dedicated lessons in graphic design and metals; further to this, in Year 9 our girls study ceramics and textiles.
At GCSE level, we are also able to offer three art-based subjects to our students. These comprise of Fine Art, Photography and Textile Design. The curriculum is again exciting with extensive and innovative delivery methods, where we challenge students to aim for the highest levels, as well as differentiating to provide a caring and empathetic environment for all.
EDirector of Music – Mr Tim Caister
The music department is committed to providing a first class musical experience to all pupils. We will aim to improve skills and understanding that will benefit learning in all other areas of school, life and beyond. We will endeavor to ensure that all pupils realise their potential and whilst making music together, we are determined to enjoy the experience.
The music department has a suite of two large adaptable teaching rooms which also incorporates a space for ensembles and groups. There is a suite of Apple Mac computers for GCSE and A level composition, plus a recording studio, a designated drum room, and practice rooms.
For KS3, there are specially written schemes of work that encompass the study of music from the classical times of Mozart and Haydn up to Rock ‘n’ Roll with Elvis and Buddy Holly, plus world music including Tango from Argentina and Steel Pan music from the Caribbean.
At GCSE and A level, we aim to give a wide musical experience, with visits to performances in London and visiting professional musicians sharing their expertise. The London Mozart Players and the London Philharmonic Orchestra have visited recently, and the violin soloist Nicola Benedetti has frequently performed and given masterclasses in recent years.
Mr Caister is the Director of Music. He is passionate about providing opportunities for all pupils to perform and enjoy music. He trained at the Royal College of Music and is a professional horn player currently with the City of London Sinfonia. His horn playing career has included tours to many parts of the world with the Academy of St Martins in the Fields under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner and Iona Brown.
Mr O’Farrell teaches music analysis at A level. He trained as an organist and gained a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Theology, and a Master’s degree in Musicology from University College, Dublin.
Miss Cantwell teaches music at KS3 and GCSE and takes many of the extra-curricular activities. She was a vocal scholar at Durham University and has performed at the BBC proms, at the Royal Festival Hall and on BBC Radio 3. Her compositions have been performed by the Lontano Ensemble.
Mrs Yalden trained at the Royal College of Music as an organist and pianist. She has a wealth of experience as a choral conductor, and is the choir master at St Teresa’s for the Senior Choir and Schola Cantorum.
The department provides a very busy schedule of extra-curricular activities. Ensembles aim to be as inclusive as possible and include, African drumming, guitars, swing band, chamber orchestra, ukuleles, string ensembles and string quartets. There are lower school and main orchestras, plus numerous choirs for all levels, including our prestigious Schola Cantorum that has been invited to sing evensong at Chichester Cathedral. The senior choir travel overseas every year on a tour. Recent visits have included Cathedral masses in Paris, Sicily, Barcelona, Verona, Malta and Athens.
The school enjoys termly concerts in the Mairlot Hall that feature the orchestra, the year 7 choir with 80 voices singing their hearts out, soloists, chamber ensembles and the senior choirs. There are termly soirees in the chapel. Schola Cantorum sing in evensong regularly in the chapel. Once a year there is also a jazz concert with girls backed by a visiting professional band, plus a Classical concert featuring an 1805 piano and harpsichord.
Visting Music Staff
The visiting music staff team is very strong and includes many professional musicians who play in London Orchestras and shows. Tuition on all instruments is offered.
Performing Arts Department
Director of Performing Arts – Janine Hansen
The Performing Arts Department is a vibrant and dynamic hub of creativity and excellence. Students are taught weekly curriculum Drama lessons Year 7 to Year 9, with the option to pursue GCSE Drama, GCSE Dance and A Level Drama.
Year 7 students are introduced to the exciting world of drama, whilst developing and mastering the skills needed to become excellent actors, accomplished performers and confident in front of an audience. They also participate in the Year 7 Drama Competition (Autumn Term) and Year 7 Drama Festival (Spring Term). Year 8 have a stimulating and engaging year of drama; from Shakespeare and puppetry to physical theatre and naturalism. Year 9 enjoy a variety of highly creative and invigorating performance styles, topics and genres including promenade, immersive and verbatim theatre . Year 10 and 11 follow the AQA specification for GCSE Dance and GCSE Drama. AQA Drama and Theatre is taught at A level.
Our GCSE and A level examination results are exceptional and our students enjoy the creative freedom in their practical work, complimented by their rigorous theory lessons. We are very proud of our 100% success rate of A level students gaining access to the top Drama Schools and Universities in the country. As a Performing Arts Department, unique to other schools in the area, we provide our students with opportunities, classes, workshops, trips and courses in Drama, acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, design and agency work.
St Teresa’s Performing Arts Department offers students an exemplary selection of extra-curricular clubs and activities from Drama and Dance Clubs, to our Performing Arts Conservatoire and Musical Theatre Club. LAMDA is highly popular and our excellent LAMDA examination results are testament to the high standard of tuition offered to our students, We are extremely proud to have Stage and Screen Theatre School and Agency as part of our after school offerings as well as ISTD Dance exam classes
We have two main whole school productions each year, with a large scale drama production in the Autumn Term and a musical in the Spring Term. Previous productions have included Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Oliver and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We are keen for as many students to be involved in each production and our large cast and orchestra is supported by students who are in charge of lighting, sound, costume, make-up and stage management.
Individual year groups are given the opportunity to perform pieces worked on in the lessons to an audience throughout the year and the Performing Arts Department’s calendar is brought to a close by the Performing Arts Evening, at the end of the Summer Term, which showcases all of the exciting and wonderful work the Performing Arts students have created throughout the year.