A virtual opening morning at Eaton Square Schools is a chance to celebrate the profound benefits that performance can have on young people

As the Royal Albert Hall celebrates its 150th anniversary, Londoners everywhere are reminded that the art of performance will never go out of style. That’s why the Eaton Square Nursery, Prep and Senior Schools (located across Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair) offer a packed programme of extra-curricular activities designed to foster confidence and communication in their students.

At Eaton Square Prep School, public speaking is a core part of the student experience. The school boasts its own TEDx licence, which means that talks given by pupils are posted on the TEDx global YouTube channel, where they have received more than 4.8 million views to date. For the uninitiated, TED talks are a fascinating library of informative, in-depth speeches given by influential speakers from around the world.

This year’s Tedx event takes place on Wednesday, June 9. “Anyone who has watched a Tedx talk will have been highly impressed by the speaker’s ability to hold an audience, articulating their points with clarify and confidence,” said principal, Sebastian Hepher. “One trends to associate these traits with highly accomplished adults, but Eaton Square’s Tedx speakers prove that this is not the case.”

 

 

To further strengthen communication and critical thinking skills, Eaton Square Prep School runs a popular debating programme. The Debating Club is led by two elected ‘Debating Captains’ from Year 6 and in addition to weekly meetings, they also take part in annual inter-school competitions, such as The Sir Winston Churchill Public Speaking Competition.

The academic year culminates with a visit to the Houses of Parliament, where students enjoy a guided tour and a debating workshop.

Eaton Square Schools hasn’t neglected the creative side of public speaking either. Drama provisions include a new professional performance studio, rigged out with staging, lighting, green screen and surround sound. Eaton Square Prep is also closely involved with the ‘Poetry Together’ initiative, launched by Dukes Education and Gyles Brandreth, which celebrates the age-old joy of learning and reciting poetry. The school recently held a recital and tea party for participating pupils, as well as hosting a rather special VIP: the programme’s royal supporter, The Duchess of Cornwall.

 

 

To learn more, book your place at a ‘Virtual Open Morning’, which will take place from 9.30am to 10.30am on Thursday, May 6, livestreamed from the school’s historic building. It will include a welcome from principal, Sebastian Hepher and headmistress, Trish Watt and a question and answer session.

Book by visiting eatonsquareschool.com/belgravia/open-mornings/