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Performing Arts

Drama & Musical Theatre

Our specialist drama teachers use a variety of dramatic techniques including drama games, acted stories, tableaux, improvisation, mime, puppetry, physical theatre and script work to provide children with a stimulating, creative and constructive learning experience.

Drama lessons at St. Michael’s allow children to:

  • foster their creative imagination
  • develop acting and communication skills and their use of memory
  • encourage progressive thinking and decision making
  • improve clarity of speech and language skills
  • build self-confidence without immodesty
  • cooperate with and respect the work of each other
  • improve fitness in physical performance
  • cultivate a knowledge of literature and appreciation for the arts and culture


Performance events such as the Form 6 Play, concerts, Christingle service, the Crib Service, the St. Michael’s Day Parade are vehicles for pupils to display the confidence and the dramatic and communication skills gained from participation in drama lessons. We are also very proud to offer entry for the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams.



All of our Nursery and Reception children follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)  syllabus as part of our EYFS school curriculum. As children move up the school, they continue their study of dance and movement as part of the PE curriculum. As an extra-curricular subject, children are given the option to continue to follow the RAD syllabus taught by our  specialist dance teachers. Lessons build confidence and self-esteem, boost self-motivation and teach crucial communication skills. We also offer entry to RAD ballet exams.



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Visit our school so you can see for yourselves the class sizes, the dedication and commitment of our staff, the range of facilities and resources available to enhance your child’s learning, meet our pupils and confidently make the right decision for your child.

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    “After a lengthy search in West Oxfordshire at numerous other private schools, I found none of them were a patch on St Michael's. They had huge grounds, impressive sporting and drama facilities, however the special family/nurturing feel we've always loved about St Michael's just wasn't there at all. I decided that if we couldn't find a school which measured up to St Michael's, then there was little point in moving, so we stopped the house move and are remaining where we are.”

    - Mrs Falconer, Parent

    “During my time at St Michaels, not only did I really enjoy it, I found that I wasn’t scared to move on and I felt prepared and ready for senior school. I now realise just how much the school gave me and at Senior School, I have found topics that I had already covered or had been hinted to in the lessons at St Michael’s. So I really thank the school and feel grateful for the preparation that I had and now use. ”

    - Francesca Halling, Former Pupil

    “As a former pupil, St. Michael's was the obvious choice. Their values and school ethos have remained the same and Sophia has become a confident, caring and hardworking individual. ”

    - Mrs Lloyd, Former Parent

    “Just wanted to say a big Thank You to all staff and teachers over the last few months. As a full time working Mum I don't know what I would have done without the structure provided each day.”

    - Mrs Homer, Parent

    “..thriving, secure, ‘family feel’ environment where children are positively nurtured as individuals and able to reach their own potential.”

    - Mrs Foy, Parent

    “St. Michael's is a wonderful school. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a safe haven for their child to grow, learn to be well rounded individuals with the love of God in their hearts and love for all human beings as well as develop academically putting them in a good position ready for the next level of education.”

    - Mrs Balogun, Former Parent

    “St. Michael's is a well organised school with a long track record of academic excellence. The small classes combined with the warmth and positivity of the staff make it a fantastic place to learn, grow and thrive. I loved my time at the school so for me the choice was simple. ”

    - Mrs Grant, Parent and Former Pupil

    “St. Michael's has been on our radar for the last few years following on from various positive conversations with different people about the school, your results and the general atmosphere and approach. With our daughter now turning two, we felt it was a good time to start enquiring and visiting the school. We're so glad we did!”

    - Prospective Parent