The Beacon Arts Centre is the base for Art, Drama and Music at The Henry Beaufort School. Its modern construction provides light and spacious rooms designed specifically for these subjects. Inside, there are two art rooms packed with materials for arts, crafts and pottery. There are also two large drama studios which can be opened into one double studio, and two fully equipped music rooms with an adjoining recording studio and practice rooms. In addition, there are sixteen dedicated computer workstations with specialist music sequencing and digital audio editing applications.
The facilities for PE in Athens are extensive, allowing a variety of options for indoor and outdoor sports and games. There are three grass pitches equipped for football, rugby, athletics, cricket, and rounders. There are also four hard courts for tennis and netball. The Sports Hall and Gymnasium are fully equipped for a range of activities including gymnastics, badminton, volleyball, basketball and dance.
Athens encourages and inspires students to achieve their full potential in the Arts and PE and gives students the opportunity to pursue these academic areas in extracurricular activities.
The Music Department at The Henry Beaufort School is committed to the pursuit of excellence across the whole breadth of musical experience. We believe that a high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Throughout Year 7, 8 and 9 students have two music lessons per fortnight. At the heart of these lessons is a strong emphasis on understanding music through performing, composing and listening. Students at The Henry Beaufort School develop their vocal and instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures and styles. Students learn to perform, compose and identify the expressive use of musical dimensions through the study of a wide range of musical styles and genres, from Samba, African Music and Reggae, to Jazz, Blues, Film Music and Minimalism.
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take GCSE Music, which develops student’s critical understanding of music theory and music history, along with specific instrumental skills. Performing and composing accounts for 60% of the GCSE course, with the remaining 40% focussed on theory, history and listening.
The Music department is supported by a full range of visiting instrumental teachers, providing tuition in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice, piano and guitar. We pride ourselves on a thriving and exciting extra-curricular programme, including Jazz Band, Wind Band, Orchestra, Musical Theatre Group, two Choirs, Brass Ensemble and a Percussion Ensemble.