At NLCS we believe that it is important to develop a student’s ability for creative expression through the arts, a skill which will guide her throughout her life in whatever career or pathway she may choose.
Drama, music and fine art all flourish at North London; as well as being taught as part of the curriculum, they are part of the well-rounded extra-curricular programme.
At the heart of drama and music at NLCS is the Performing Arts Centre, a 350-seat theatre with the latest technology, a flexible orchestra pit, sprung floor and excellent acoustic. More than 40 productions and concerts take place there each year. The Performing Arts Centre also contains two galleries offering exhibition space for girls’ art work and for travelling exhibitions, including an annual exhibition from the Hayward Gallery.
All students at every year-level are able to participate in drama at NLCS, either onstage or backstage. There are many opportunities to become involved with drama beyond the curriculum. In addition to the numerous major performances staged every year involving girls from across the entire school, drama clubs, studio pieces, Edinburgh Fringe productions and workshops provide the students with more experimental platforms. The older girls often devise, direct, write and perform works of their own choosing. Many girls have gone on to perform at the National Theatre, in the West End and in television and film.
At North London Collegiate we aim to provide a broad range of musical opportunities for all students and strive for ambitious music making. We encourage girls to develop skills as a performer irrespective of level, and offer a wide variety of musical experiences both within and beyond the curriculum. Approximately 500 instrumental lessons are taught each week by over 25 distinguished visiting instrumental specialists in our purpose-built Music Department.
All styles of music thrive at North London Collegiate. Girls are encouraged to participate in a range of auditioned and non-auditioned musical activities, comprising choirs, orchestras and various ensembles. Chamber music provision is a particular specialism of the school. A number of current pupils also play for the National Youth Orchestra and the National Children’s Orchestra, and have had success in national and international performing and composition competitions.
Pupils have numerous performing opportunities, ranging from our all-inclusive end of term concerts to our prestigious Old House Concert Series dedicated to solos and smaller ensembles. Girls also have the chance to perform in external venues in London and abroad on tours, which in recent years have included Venice, New York and Tuscany. Links with the musical profession remain strong, with external lecturers and performers regularly working with our students. More information about our programme of extra-curricular activities and our busy calendar of musical events can be found here.
Music Scholarships are available in Year 7 – more information can be found about them here.
Art & Design
NLCS Drawing School includes facilities for drawing, painting, photography, computer-aided design, print-making, textile design, welding and ceramics. Regular weekend and after-school workshops are held for senior students: these include life drawing, photography and top-up sessions for students wishing to extend class-based projects. As well as an impressive range of resources and media to draw upon, there are regular trips to major European cities and the Sixth Form Art Society organises the annual charity 'Fantasy Fashion' show and visiting speakers. Many students go on to study art, design or architecture at university.