Students playing trumpets

The Traditional and the Contemporary

The Performing Arts at Roedean are a rich mixture of the traditional and the contemporary, of pupil-led and teacher-directed.  There are a vast range of opportunities available to all girls, from large-scale events to small groups and solo enterprises. 

Tillie Ng singing the ‘Queen of the Night’ aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute
  • There are the expected formal performances at key points in the year, from The Winter Production, The Autumn Concert, and The Dance Showcase, to the regular weekly opportunities to sing or play in Chapel, showing work in progress to firends or creating something new. 
  • Housed in an excellent Theatre, a dedicated Dance Studio, as well as a variety of rehearsal rooms and classrooms, the Performing Arts at Roedean are delivered by specialist teachers in specialist facilities.
Orchestra in Chapel

The Curriculum 

As well as the range of extra-curricular experiences, the Performing Arts are well provided for within the timetable. 

  • All girls in Years 7 and 8 take Drama, Dance and Music as core subjects, with Drama and Music remaining in Year 9.  All three areas can be studied as a GCSE, and Music and Theatre Studies are popular choices at A Level.
  • Girls may take private lessons in various Dance disciplines, and the full range of individual instrumental lessons is available, as are lessons that lead to LAMDA and ESB qualifications in Drama. 

All of these options are very popular and girls’ lessons in these areas, lasting an hour, are fitted into spaces in their timetables so that academic lessons are not disrupted.




All subject areas within the Performing Arts at Roedean have their own discrete rehearsal times each week, but in the weeks before a big perfomance, as happens at all boarding schools, rehearsals and performances also take place in the evenings and at the weekends.


Roedean Box Office