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Boarding Activities

Our Boarding House activities are in addition to our enrichment activities, and take place every evening and at weekends. Day Boys are welcome to join in with activities with their friends, providing they Flexi-Board overnight to add to the fun!

Our boarding activities might include trips to major UK theme parks like Thorpe Park; in-house sporting activities or special themed nights; or local trips such as Flip Out Trampoline CentreChichester Gate Leisure Park for Cinema, Bowling and more or visits to the local Chichester Festival Theatre; community visits into nearby Slindon Village, local walks and along the South Downs National Park.

Boarders are able to be members of Chichester Festival Youth Theatre's Technical Youth Theatre, a venture organised through the Drama department and taking place on Wednesday evenings for boarders in Year 10+.

All activities are supervised by the boarding team as well as members of relevant academic staff where required.

Boarding: Technical Youth Theatre

Our Drama department understands that everyone is creative in different ways, which is why it has arranged for boarding students in Year 10 + to join the professional technical team at the famous Chichester Festival Youth Theatre on Wednesday evenings after school. There are also opportunities for students to take part backstage in professional theatre shows at one of the countries most prestigious theatres. Past professional shows our students have worked on are: The Midnight Gang (Autumn 2018), Sleeping Beauty (Christmas 2018) & Crossing Lines (Summer 2019).

Technical Youth Theatre is a chance to explore what life behind the scenes is like. Members spend their time exploring all the practical, technical and creative elements that go into putting on theatrical shows. With membership of Technical Youth Theatre there are also opportunities to work on Youth Theatre productions, often housed in Chichester Festival Theatre!

Topics covered are:

  • Stage management & backstage work
  • Script analysis
  • Set design, scale drawing and model box making
  • Prop making & management
  • Lighting design and use of technical equipment
  • Sound
  • Costume making & wardrobe management
  • Stage makeup
  • Puppet making & puppeteering
  • Stage fighting & weaponry
  • Mask making
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Stage craft & health and safety

Not to mention, this is a great social experience for the pupils, who can interact with other boys and girls of their own age in a safe environment, outside the school setting!

Members will also work towards achieving an Arts Award. They embed the Arts Award qualification into the Technical Youth Theatre programme depending on the level of commitment and enthusiasm; members will achieve either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award by then end of 2 years.  

This has been organised by Mr Glyn Bentley-Angell, our Drama Teacher.

See www.artaward.org.uk for more information.

To see what is on at Chichester Festival Theatre, click here!