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November, 2017

  • 3 November

    Performing Arts students visit Germany to perform at the Reading-Dusseldorf 70th Anniversary weekend

    In October the Performing Arts department set off to Dusseldorf to perform at the Reading Dusseldorf 70th Anniversary weekend. They were working with Theodor-Fliedner-Gymnasium on a new play called “The way we live”. The group have been working hard for the past 3 weeks on the piece devised by Head of Performing Arts, …

  • 3 November

    Performing Arts tutor group

    New to the Academy is the Performing Arts tutor group who have already shown their pride and determination. The group, 29 in total, are picked from KS3 and chosen because of their dedication to the performing arts – drama, dance and music. They have all been given a yellow badge which …

October, 2017

  • 3 October

    Morrisons Bag Packing and Singing

    Over the weekend of the 23rd September we were invited to pack bags and sing at Morrisons. Over 30 students during the weekend joined us, all in fancy dress! We are raising money for our visit to Dusseldorf and managed to raise a staggering £1230! The store described us as …

  • 3 October

    Opening of the new Direction building

    Performing Arts are back in full swing for the new year! The first performance of the year was in front of the Mayor of Reading at the opening of the New Direction building on Northumberland Ave that has recently had a face lift. In the cold rain our choir sang …

August, 2017

  • 1 August

    Whitfest in collaboration with JMA Carnival

    At the very end of the year, when everyone else had left the building, the Performing Arts continued to entertain and impress  in collaboration with Aspire 2, JMA presented the annual Whitfest celebration. This year the celebration was a carnival full of colour, sound and face paint! On offer was …

  • 1 August

    Arts Awards

    For the 7th year in a row our flag ship event “The JMA Arts Awards” took centre stage. This is an opportunity for our students to be awarded for all their hard work and dedication, and for me is the highlight of my year. We presented over 60 awards during …

  • 1 August

    Reading Fringe Festival

    Once again we performed at the Reading Fringe Festival, this is our fourth year performing and after winning Pick of the Fringe last year expectations were high. We didn’t disappoint! This year we performed a new play written and directed by our head of performing arts Tommy Robinson called Importance. The …

  • 1 August

    End of Year Showcase

    If doing a full scale performance wasn’t enough, the Performing Arts department presented an End of Year Showcase two days later. The event was a review of all the events of the year, including Disney, show tunes, Choir of the year and Shakespeare. To a packed audience the cast really …

  • 1 August


    After an extremely long year the Performing Arts department presented “Charlie”, their version of the children’s classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” written and directed by our head of performing arts Tommy Robinson. The students had been working hard for about 8 weeks and were ready for the off by …

July, 2017