Tockington Manor steps into the spotlight
11th October 2018

Tockington Manor School stepped into the spotlight this week with the official opening of their brand new Russell Music and Performing Arts Suite. The new dedicated facilities feature a multi-use music and dance studio plus individual music practice rooms for one-to-one music lessons provided in school time by peripatetic teachers. Accompanied by state of the art technology, pupils will use the latest music and multi-media software as part of a fully rounded curriculum.  

At the official opening Mr Stephen Symonds, Headmaster of Tockington Manor announced a new partnership with The Bristol Hippodrome. This unique partnership supports the school’s music and drama curriculum and offers many opportunities for the school. Building on our objectives within arts and music, pupils will attend a careers insight morning at the theatre which will give them the opportunity to explore behind the scenes, experience lighting and sound demonstrations, hear first-hand from people working in theatre and gain a true insight into the many career paths the theatre industry has to offer.

Mr Symonds said: “The Russell Music and Performing Arts Suite allows us to prepare our pupils with the highest skills and understanding of the music and drama curriculum and emerging music technology. We are very grateful to the hard work of everyone involved in making this possible. As we look to the future our partnership with Bristol Hippodrome is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to understand the wider options available to them within this industry.”

Jenny Hutchinson, Theatre Director at The Bristol Hippodrome said: “We are passionate about inspiring and developing theatre audiences for the future by engaging with as many people as possible. We are incredibly excited and proud to be working in partnership with Tockington Manor, particularly with the launch of their new music and performing arts suite. This partnership is a great way to help ignite pupils’ interest and encourage participation in theatre.” 

The Russell Music and Performing Arts Suite has been made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Tockington Manor (FOTM) and with support from Clifton College. Parents and friends of the School and Nursery were given the opportunity to support the development by purchasing a named brick. All of which are now proudly placed on the external building.

Dr Tim Greene, Headmaster of Clifton College said: “We are delighted to have been able to support the Russell Music and Performing Arts Suite. We hope that it will expand the Music and Drama opportunities for pupils and give them great enjoyment.”

Miss Rebecca Hughes, Director of Music, Tockington Manor School said: “It is fantastic that our Music department can now boast the technology to broaden music education in spectacular ways, and enable pupils to learn how to share and collaborate on various platforms. Having such modern facilities will equip their minds to create, perform and succeed at a higher level in subjects such as Music production, composing, TV production, film making, animation and web design.”