As a specialist Performing Arts School, students have a wide range of opportunities to take part in the arts. We have Arts Mark Gold, in recognition of our Outstanding provision in the Arts. All students study Music, Drama and Dance at Key Stage 3 and are able to take these subjects in Key Stage 4. Our talented students excel and many go onto professional careers in the arts. Students have access to our fully rigged technical suite, dance studio, drama studio, performance theatre, music studio with Apple Mac computers and outdoor ampitheatre. We also have strong links with local professional companies and theatres, including the RSC and Palace Theatre.
This year, students have performed in the Shakespeare Schools' Fesitval at a professional theatre, the National Schools' Dance Competition in Birmingham, and they performed both the musical, The Wizard of Oz and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest; not to mention many, many more musical and dance showcases at school events!
Recent Henley-in-Arden School alumnus Connor Ball (far right)
with his internationally successful pop band, 'The Vamps'.
Bass guitarist and vocalist - 'The Vamps'
Connor Ball, from Hatton, Warwickshire, began learning guitar when he was in Year 8 at Henley; he is pictured above playing at our school's outdoor ampitheatre. Miss Blyth, his Music teacher, still remembers what a talented musician he was at school, and so she wasn't a bit surprised by his international success. You can see Connor performing an early recording here at Henley here! Imagine Mr Discenza's surprise when Connor recently invited him to see him play live at the Genting Arena, Birmingham! Well done, Connor, on all your very well deserved success! We're very proud of you. You can find out more about the band and their next arena tour by clicking here.
Former student Alexander Morris was always an exceptional performer, playing many roles whilst at Henley, including the lead in our production of 'The Wiz'. Already an Olivier Award Certificate holder by the age of 14, after Henley, he trained in Acting at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and was awarded with a first class BA (Hons) in Acting.
Now a successful star of stage and screen, since graduating Alexander has appeared in a range of stage (Romeo and Juliet, Twelve Angry Men, Watership Down) and telvision roles (Poldark, Doctors, Citizen Khan, Holby City). Alex has a substantial role in feature-film The More You Ignore Me, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Jo Brand, co-starring alongside Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy, Sally Phillips and more.
Mr McCarthy is incredibly proud of Alexander's achievements and is always pleasantly surprised when he pops up on screen in some of his television favourites!
You can see his online showreel here, with scences from Poldark, Holby City and Doctors.
Henley alumnus George Wilson, now known professionally as George Fletcher, is remembered fondly by Head of Performing Arts, Mr McCarthy. Now a star of stage and screen, George graduated drama school with his BA in Acting and was awarded the Lucian Veanna Prize for Voice Acting. He has worked with the RSC, BBC and many other professional companies in roles as diverse as Shakespeare's MacDuff, Shelley's Frankenstein's Monster, and even playing a young doctor on the BBC's Call the Midwife! You can see his online showreel here, or take a look at his starring role in the trailer for the RSC's production of Aphra Behn's 'The Rover' below:
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Professional Indie Singer
Past pupil Truly can currently be seen on ITV's first season of the Voice. She 'truly' is the girl with the Truly Scrumptious voice, performing in the indie genre on the popular ITV talent show. Truly feels now is her chance to make her mark on the music industry. See her perfoming on the Voice here.
Singer/Songwriter, Actress, A&R Consultant
Former student Layla Manoocheehri is a professional singer, West End Performer and also works in A&R. She worked at Syco, a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music, which is responsible for producing some of the world’s most successful music, film and television. She now works with Open Mic UK. She was featured in both Pop Idol and, more recently, the X Factor, as well as having appeared on the West End stage. She also writes her own music, co-writing Lisa Stansfield’s Treat Me Like A Woman.
Layla was responsible for finding and developing new artists, writers and producers for Syco and has worked on successful shows such as The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent to name a few! See her top tips to getting into the industry here!
Professional model and actor
Alumnus Jerome Marcel, who was an incerdibly gifted GCSE Drama student, is now a talented model and actor who is currently enjoying success and features in campaigns for Adidas, Ellesse and JD Sports. You can check him out in one of his recent TV campaigns here!