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Excellence in Performing Arts


Excellence in the arts - we are a Specialist Performing Arts School

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'.


Featured alumni

Connor Ball
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.



Truly Scrumptious Ford-Ghatauray
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. See her perfoming on the Voice here.


Layla Manoochehri
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 sucessful 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!




Jerome Marcel
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 for Adidas, Ellesse and JD Sports. You can check him out in one of his recent TV campaigns here!