Talk Education News
We are thrilled to have been awarded a Talk Education Award for Innovation in Education 2023 in the Performing and Creative Arts category. This award recognizes our outstanding provision and innovation in the teaching of dama, art, dance, DT and music inspiring creativity in all our pupils. The competition was intense with several stellar schools making it onto the shortlist including Canford, The Kings’ School Canterbury and Heathfield. However the judges’ announced that the joint winners were Brambletye and Tower House School. Talk Educaton said “we are thrilled to help you celebrate your excellence in the arts across the board – from your glittering reputation in art (and your scholarship track record to prove this!) to your wonderful drama opportunities and your West End-standard productions.
Art at Brambletye
Brambletye’s Art department has been hailed as exceptional, with parents and visitors frequently comparing it to the best senior school departments they’ve encountered. Head of Art & DT, Mr Holden has inspired and built confidence in countless pupils and during his 25 year tenure, 250 pupils have achieved art or DT scholarships to senior schools. “H”, as he is known, believes that anyone can succeed in the subject if they are prepared to put the time and effort in. He aims to inspire a passion for art in children who struggle to draw a stickman as much as those who possess raw talent.
Drama at Brambletye
Brambletye’s theatre built in 1980 and opened by Dame Judi Dench reflects our passion for performing arts. All children perform in a play at least once a year and the Year 7 & 8s have the opportunity to join either the cast or the technical team for our “West-End worthy” musical productions. Most recently My Fair Lady was a resounding success “it was nothing short of brilliant!” enthused one audience member. Many children take Speech & Drama lessons and this Summer 70 children achieved Distinction in their LAMDA exams. Our aim is to give all pupils the confidence of self-expression and oracy – an invaluable skill for life.
Music At Brambletye
Trombones, oboes, harps, French horns and bassoons are instruments which feature in abundance in the Brambletye ensembles despite a decline in popularity nationally. All children from Nursery to Year 8 have Music every week to develop musical literacy and many children choose to learn one or two instruments or join one of our choirs. Throughout the year, numerous performances celebrate the joy and diversity that music brings, providing opportunities for beginners through to Grade 8 pupils to showcase their talent. Highlights include the Autumn and Summer Concerts, the Year 7 & 8 Musical, and the grand Carol service, which features a choir of 100 voices comprised of pupils, staff, and parents.
This Talk Education Award for Innovation in Education 2023 is a resounding recognition of Brambletye’s dedication to nurturing creativity in our pupils and is a wonderful testament to our staff’s passion and dedication to delivering the best opportunities and experiences for the children.