Multiple artistic disciplines

Through our two-year Diploma Programme, our students have the opportunity to study standard or higher level courses in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts or Music.

Arts field trips

As part of our arts programme, we organise a wide range of field trips for our students, both in London and further afield. These give students a fantastic opportunity to view performances, artwork, films and concerts from world-class artists in some of the UK’s best venues.

Arts extra-curricular activities

During their time at Southbank, our students can participate in a wide range of excellent arts extra-curricular activities. These include animation, concert band, drama club, junior strings, movie club, painting and sculpting, photography, pottery, script writing, string orchestra, theatre production, and many more.

In addition, students can get involved in the production and performance of Southbank’s annual school show. In recent years, this has seen students wow their parents, teachers and peers with fantastic productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Grease and The Wizard of Oz.


Nurturing talent

Our Diploma Programme Music course gives students the chance to develop their knowledge and potential as musicians, both personally and collaboratively.

Students create, participate in and analyse music from their own background and those of others. They develop practical and communicative skills which provide them with the opportunity to engage in music for further study, as well as for lifetime enjoyment.

“Southbank is a school which fully endorses the arts. Creative thinking, which is essential for our 21st century learners, is at the heart of the Southbank curriculum school wide. The rich culture of London and all that it has to offer, is a wonderful opportunity to broaden the experience of art students outside the classroom.”

– Judy Inskip, Visual Arts Teacher


Dynamic, collaborative and live art

Theatre is a dynamic, collaborative and live art form. It is a practical subject that encourages discovery through practical inquiry, experimentation, risk taking and the presentation of ideas to others.

The IB Diploma Programme theatre course is a multifaceted theatre-making course. It gives students the opportunity to make theatre as creators, designers, directors and performers. Students actively stage play texts, explore world theatre traditions, collaboratively create original theatre and perform theatre theory.

This approach emphasises the importance of working both individually and as part of an ensemble. It offers the opportunity to engage actively in the creative process of inquiring, developing, presenting and evaluating.


A fresh perspective on art

Throughout our Visual Arts course, students are given the opportunity to develop their personal visual language in a range of two and three-dimensional media.

Initially, this involves challenging preconceptions to help students develop fresh perspectives to the fundamentals of art and design. Then, as students progress, they begin to direct their own visual enquiry and reach a point where they are behaving like practising artists and designers.


Our Film course enables our DP students to fully engage with the practical, theoretical and conceptual aspects of filmmaking. This includes learning how to tell a story visually, write a script and plan a production schedule, use lighting kit and sound recording equipment, and edit and create a final cut.

Overall, the course is excellent preparation for any student who wishes to study a film theory, filmmaking or any arts or communications course at university, or wants to work in the film industry.

Begin your Southbank Journey

Enter one of our classrooms and we’re sure you’ll be impressed by the confidence and creativity of our students as well as our exceptional teaching staff.


3 - 5 yrs old


5 - 11 yrs old


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15 - 18 yrs old


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