Creating and performing through the arts

Through our three International Baccalaureate programmes, we provide a stimulating and challenging arts curriculum.

We believe studying the arts is an excellent way for our students to begin to think and express themselves differently, increase their understanding of the world, and develop a stronger sense of who they are.


Exploring perceptions of the world

During their time at Southbank, PYP students may get to study aspects of architecture, bookmaking, ceramics, collage, costume design, drawing, graphic design, film, illustrations, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork.

In addition, we organise trips to art galleries, museums, theatres and the cinema to help students experience visual arts from all over the world. We also invite artists to our PYP campuses to discuss their work.


Musical proficiency and performance

Our PYP music classes focus on composition, performance and reflection, and expose students to music from different times and places.

In addition, all students from the age of five learn to play either the violin, viola or the cello through the Suzuki music programme. When they reach Grades 4 and 5, they also have the opportunity to learn guitar or flute.

From kindergarten, all our PYP children take part in a termly solo concert and an annual school concert.


Developing self-confidence in viewing and presenting skills is embedded across the PYP, with students of all ages taking an active role sharing learning in town meetings and unit of inquiry presentations. Termly instrumental concerts provide solo and ensemble experience and well-supported ECAs such as choir and drama help develop a love of the arts.

Regular visits to London’s great concert halls and theatres enable children to engage with live performances, as well as enhance their own performance skills, from puppets to plays.

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