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Art and Design and Music are available from Foundation to Year 13. Drama and Design and Technology is on offer in KS3 and IGCSE.

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Here at HeadStart we engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress from Foundation to Primary to Secondary, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At HeadStart we offer a high-quality art and design education which engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress from Foundation to Primary and Primary to Secondary, they are be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.


HeadStart has a proud tradition of producing talented musicians as well as putting on excellent productions. Music lessons are offered from Foundation to Year 13 where we follow the Cambridge IGCSE and A Level. Our after school programme includes Music Exploration, Singing, Ukulele and Guitar clubs, School Band to name but a few. Private instrumental lessons are available in voice, guitar, piano, drums, flute, clarinet and saxophone.


Art is offered from Foundation to A Level at HeadStart. Our students also have the opportunity to take after school classes and help with making props and backdrops for our productions and events. Twice a year we also hold an exhibition presenting our students’ work.


The Drama department is an exciting addition to HeadStart International School, with after school drama clubs for both Primary and Secondary. These clubs have grown in popularity and attendance. The Drama clubs produce performance pieces at the end of each term. Drama is offered as an IGCSE option at Key Stage 4.


Our dance programme offers many varied dance styles such as Ballet, Contemporary, Modern/Jazz, Hip Hop and Cheerleading to students from a young age. Our programme also incorporates gymnastic (rhythmic and acrobatics) to enhance student’s abilities in movement and physical fitness. The HeadStart Dance Programme (HDS) is designed so that students can participate in dance activities that are developmentally and technically appropriate to aid them in becoming physically, emotionally and spatially aware, to build confidence and self-esteem, and to encourage them to become creative, co-operative and sociable individuals. Dance is now also taught as a stand alone lesson as part of our Key Stage 3 Active Learning mornings.

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