Creative Arts is one of the most important components of the Charterhouse approach to a broad and inclusive education that stretches and develops all areas of our pupils’ interests and abilities.
The School has exceptionally strong departments of Drama, Art and Music, all of which excel in their own areas and encourage wider participation from those not necessarily taking these options as subjects of academic study. All pupils have the opportunity to take part in drama productions, contribute to art exhibitions and festivals, and to perform music of many styles and genres whether in bands or in one of several choirs or classical groups. The annual Arts Festival offers a chance for pupils to showcase their talents, as do the pupils’ Drama Festival and the inter-House Art and Music competitions; The Charterhouse Review and The Carthusian also enables pupils to see their written and visual work printed in high-quality publications.
We also believe that a great deal of what is important in education happens outside the classroom. At present there are around 80 extra-curricular clubs and societies ranging from Alternative Music to World Cinema, Ballet and Ballroom Dancing to Wine Appreciation with many both mainstream and more quirky options in between. Pupils are encouraged (especially in the Sixth Form) to take an active role in initiating and running societies, developing their own interests and taking the responsibility of leading activities with younger year groups as well as with peers. All boys in the Under School will do at least one extra-curricular cultural activity here: many choose to do far more. For Specialists (Sixth Form) the options are even broader.
The diversity of Creative Arts activity in the School as well as this dynamic and student-led quality is a vital part of what makes Charterhouse a rich and fulfilling educational experience: trips to the very best theatrical productions, concerts and exhibitions in London and elsewhere are combined with excellent visiting lecturers, speakers, workshops, theatrical groups, orchestras and performers; these opportunities are balanced with the nurturing, encouragement and stimulation of our pupils’ own interests, talents and creativity.