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(updated September 2015)


Music, Drama, Art and Dance all make a significant and exciting contribution to the creative life of the school. Whether it be through formal qualifications or through the wide range of extra-curricular activities, all students have considerable scope to participate in the expressive arts.

 

MFL


In the MFL department we offer both French and German. In Year 7 all pupils do one Modern Foreign Language, either French or German on an annual alternating basis. In Year 8 all students, continue with their initial language, and then also take on a second language. As Key Stage 4 runs across 3 years, options take place at the end of Year 8, and pupils can choose to continue to GCSE with either the one language they have done since Year 7, and or the second language they took up in Year 8. We also offer both French and German at Key Stage 5.


In addition, the department also offers regular educational visits to both France and Germany to give students a first-hand opportunity of experiencing the language and culture they are studying.

Topics covered at Key Stages 3 and 4 include family, hobbies, holidays, health, media, food and shopping.

At Key Stage 5, we discuss a range of topics in much greater depth and with more reference to the target language culture. Topics covered include sport, media, culture, tourism, technology and media, rights and responsibilities, politics and environment.

Students have the chance to work with French and German native speakers, who help the pupils develop their peaking skills, their confidence and their understanding of the foreign cultures. Students also have opportunities to take part in our popular and successful trip to France.

 

Music


Music has a very high profile in school, the wider community, locally in Northamptonshire, nationally through our involvement in prestigious events such as the National Festival of Music for Youth and even internationally through our bi-annual tours overseas. The Music department has an extensive enhancement programme including a brass band,2 concert bands, 2 string ensembles, 2 choirs, 4 jazz groups, a jazz orchestra and an award winning Renaissance ensemble called Sponnaissance.



In addition, the faculty has put on several productions in recent years including ‘West Side Story’, ‘Brassed Off’, ‘Return to The Forbidden Planet’ and most recently ‘Les Miserables’. The Sponne School Brass Band and Sponnaissance have both performed in the Royal Albert Hall in the National Festival of Music for Youth School Proms. The groups have also participated in the Finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth on numerous occasions, performing in the Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall.
Results at both GCSE and A level music are outstanding with many students having gone on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity College of Music.

 

Art


The Art department is a very busy, popular and successful department. We have many students who take the subject at GCSE and A Level achieving excellent grades.

We are also a popular subject for younger students who attend our very busy after school Art Clubs on a weekly basis. We hold two major exhibitions every year; a GCSE and an A Level one, as well as this work can be viewed on the school website ‘Showcase page’.

Our students not only work on large canvasses, but also have the opportunity to work with clay. We run a popular A Level Photography course. Each student learns how to develop and produce black and white photographs in one of our three darkrooms as well as digital photography.

A lot of our students go on to study an Art course at university and have successful careers.

 

Drama


Drama at Sponne is a vibrant, colourful and swiftly growing department with a recognition for excellence that extends beyond the school to both county and national level. Drama is offered at all key stages and in addition to the thriving GCSE Drama and A-Level Theatre Studies courses on offer at Sponne, students have the opportunity to engage in a number of extracurricular activities and programmes.

We run both a junior and senior Drama Club weekly at the school which attracts a wide variety of students who simply enjoy the community drama creates and have fun developing and creating theatre. Two Drama Club productions have already taken place at Sponne with a very successful pantomime and Christmas show and more are to follow!

We run the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art acting exam syllabus at Sponne for students who wish to take their acting to a higher level. This extremely popular programme caters to a wide range of talented students and we are proud to have one of the most successful private centres in the County.

But Drama at Sponne is probably best known for our shows, and in particular our Musicals in close collaboration with the Music and Art departments. We are extremely proud of the professionalism and level these productions achieve which culminated in last year’s outstanding production of Les Miserables, which was favourably compared by members of the London cast to their own show!

As well as numerous theatre trips and visits, we also have a number of long-standing relationships with professional bodies and as part of our Music speciality, Drama has been pleased to run workshops that include a Musical Theatre day which this year ran with members of the London cast of Matilda and a devising workshop with third-year acting students from Northampton University.

Regardless of your experience or confidence, Drama at Sponne provides an environment in which you can explore, have fun and thrive.