A very important part of the Emanuel ethos is the seamless integration of the academic and co-curricular programmes. We believe pupils learn just as much on stage or out on the playing fields as they do in the classroom. It’s all about dedication, teamwork, reliability, motivation and leadership.
We encourage all pupils to take part in our rich programme of co-curricular events and activities. Sport, music, art and drama all find their place in the academic curriculum but also take place before, during and after school, in lunchtimes, at weekends and in the holidays. There are all sorts of trips and excursions throughout the year and more than 50 different clubs and societies. All pupils will find something to interest them and develop a passion for, whether it be debating, rock climbing or pyrotechnics!
All pupils will find something to interest them and develop a passion for, whether it be debating, rock climbing or pyrotechnics!
John Layng, Assistant Head, Co-curricular
The Drama Department runs an active and extensive programme throughout the year, with productions for all ages, including an annual school musical and several plays and residencies. Students are introduced to drama in weekly lessons, but can extend this by attending a range of clubs, such as Drama Club, Technical Theatre Club and Costume Club. We also run fortnightly development workshops for our Drama Scholars.
Students are encouraged to pursue a passion for the theatre, both on stage and as directors, playwrights and designers, in our purpose-built teaching space; The Fiennes Theatre, which was opened in 2013 by Mike Leigh and Ralph Fiennes. The House Drama Competition and ‘Play in A Week’ project allow opportunities to take the lead on developing student productions. We are fortunate to work alongside professional theatre companies, such as ‘Frantic Assembly’, to offer holiday residencies and skills programmes and we regularly take performance work to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. All performances at Emanuel are fully operated by a large student technical team, instructed by our full-time Theatre Technician.
The department takes pride in presenting plays from a range of theatrical styles, from classics such as ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ to contemporary drama such as ‘Success’ by Nick Drake. Our recent productions include ‘The Love of the Nightingale’, ‘Brief Encounter’, ‘The Witches’, ‘The Shakespeare Revue’, ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘The Suitcase Kid’.
Many of our students have professional acting experience, appearing in BBC productions and in the West End and others go on to study at some of the country’s top Drama Schools, such as LAMDA, ArtsEd and E15, or to read drama at university.
In our vibrant music department we run more than 30 ensembles of all sizes from large choirs to string quartets. We have jazz groups, rock bands and orchestras of all shapes and sizes. The chapel choir sing at the daily services in the school chapel and regularly at St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral and regional cathedrals such as Chichester. They go on annual tours to countries such as Malta, Slovenia and Finland.
We have master classes and workshops, vocal coaching with Voces8 and visits to opera and concerts. We participate in festivals and competitions and enjoy community outreach in local hospitals and churches. Our top students regularly read music at university, win choral scholarships to Oxbridge and participate in our foremost national choirs and orchestras as well as entering the profession as instrumentalists and singers.
Emanuel has a long tradition of sporting excellence and we pride ourselves in fostering the pursuit of excellence in a sport-for-all environment.
The School supports its pupils in over 15 sports, but we focus particularly on rugby, cricket, netball and rowing. As well as organising prestigious fixtures against other schools, we have a programme of inter-house sport, enabling all pupils to experience competitive sport on a regular basis. We have PE lessons as part of the curriculum in all years and PE is a popular GCSE and A Level option as well. All of this takes place on our 12 acres of on-site playing fields, in our magnificent Sports Hall, in our Fives courts and swimming pool or at our Boathouse at Barnes Bridge. We also have a further 14 acres of playing fields at Raynes Park.
Duke of Edinburgh
At any time, around 200 pupils (from Year 9 and above) are actively involved in this nationally run scheme that aims to develop a high degree of commitment, perseverance and enthusiasm from its candidates.
The award is a challenging programme of activities designed to help participants learn new skills, help others and experience adventure. There are three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each with four sections – Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Expeditions, while at Gold level there is an additional Residential Project. All require sustained effort over a period of time – no quick fix solutions here - with at least six months required for the Bronze level, twelve months for Silver and eighteen months for Gold.
Those that succeed in gaining awards find a huge sense of personal achievement, as well as having increased confidence, a better ability to lead and work as part of a team and a greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses. As a bonus, organisations such as universities and employers take a good view of the Award and what it says about the award holder.
The House System
The House system allows vertical pastoral care between year groups and opportunities for pupils to mix with other year groups and take positions of responsibility.
It provides pupils with lots of competitions, which are great fun. Everyone has the opportunity to take part in an event or activity - music, drama, chess, tug o’war, rugby, netball, basketball, photography and swimming to mention but a few. All pupils are placed in one of the 4 Junior Houses – Lyons, Drake, Clyde or Wellington before progressing in Year 10 to their Senior House – Marlborough, Nelson, Howe and Rodney.
Learning through experiences outside the classroom is a key element of the overall educational ethos of the school. We are very fortunate to be supported by our staff who give their time to run trips and visits both after school and during the holidays, so that there is always something new to see or somewhere new to go.
Every year we run a selection of trips, ranging from afternoon visits to local places of worship to sports tours half way around the world and everywhere in between. Some of these trips are designed to directly support work done in the classroom, for example geography, history, classics and biology, whilst other, such as visits to partnership schools, aim to develop character traits such as independence, resilience and team work and help broaden student perspectives.
Clubs and Societies
We have over 45 different clubs and societies at Emanuel and all pupils will find something to interest them and become passionate about.
Activities range from chess to rock climbing, Model United Nations to Duke of Edinburgh and pyrotechnics to the Dr Who Club!
Clubs and societies booklet
Clubs and societies timetable autumn 2018
Emanuel is a member of the United Westminster Schools Foundation and partners with The Grey Coat Hospital School and Westminster City schools in London, Queen Anne’s School in Caversham and Sutton Valence School in Kent.
We also have a partnership with Christ Church C of E Primary School in Battersea which seeks to enhance the lives of pupils at both schools with occasional Saturday Enrichment Days for Year 6 pupils. The Sri Jayendra School in Sankarnagar, Tamil Nadu, India and neighbouring Gita-Krishnamurthy Vidalya Free Primary School are two further partnerships schools. Selected Emanuel Lower Sixth Formers spend three weeks there in the summer holidays, teaching English and helping with sporting and cultural activities.