Art plays an important part in the life of the Prep Department through regular exhibitions, visits to galleries and by livening up our walls. Our newly extended Art and Textiles room reflects the strong creative tradition at Babington House and the girls and boys are encouraged to express themselves through photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, construction and fashion design. The imaginative use of art and textiles is often used by other academic disciplines, such as using mathematical geometry to design and make cushions and helps to provide vibrancy in all subjects.
Music is one of the best ways for children of different ages to mix together and they form harmonious groups in a range of instrumental ensembles and choirs. We have, for example, a superb boys' choir as well as an equally impressive prep school choir and whole school choir.
Pupils are encouraged to develop a wide range of musical skills through performance, composition and to listen to music of all genres including world music. Most importantly, pupils are encouraged to enjoy their musical activities. The brand new music building offers the most up-to-date music technology, enabling pupils to develop their writing skills in composition.
A large number of pupils learn a musical instrument or have vocal training. A team of professional musicians (peripatetic staff) offer pupils opportunities in vocal and instrumental training, where success in graded examinations is encouraged.
Drama, like music, binds the school together across its entire age range. The older girls from the Senior School help direct and manage the Prep Department performances, assisting our committed and highly qualified staff. The whole school shows and plays are a real highlight of the year, as is the Prep Musical at the end of the Summer Term.
The beautiful new drama facilities and theatre are always buzzing with lessons, workshops, rehearsals and performances. Whether behind the scenes, manipulating the state of the art lighting and sound facilities, in the chorus or centre stage in a leading role, everyone at Babington House Prep has the opportunity to get involved with drama.