Snapshots

2nd July 1999 at 01:00
(Photograph) - A week in the life of the Corseley School, Dudley

When headteacher Dilwyn Scott mentioned his trip to Prague, it inspired head of drama Chris Clarke, who was looking for a name for the school's new dance troupe. "We liked the European feel of the name. We figured it would get us bookings."

Having evolved from mime and drama workshops, the Masked Theatre of Prague boys dance troupe won first prize at the Dudley Festival of Music, Dance and Drama last March for their piece, Let Sleeping Bags Lie. "We wanted to change the perception of dance for boys, to show that you can use the body to express ideas," says dance teacher Sarah Roberts. " We've had a lot of local interest and some BBCcoverage. Everyone wants to get involved now."

Staff are proud of Coseley's expressive arts department, which aims to get as many of its 850 pupils involved as possible. "There is a lot of support for after school activities, and we get a lot of feedback from the children" says Chris Clarke, head of drama. "It's a very positive place."

* Roman mosiac: Y9 Adam Peters in the foyer.

* Dance: the award-winning 'Let Sleeping Bags Lie'.

* The school rock band features teacher Andy Landers on drums.

* Lunchtime: girls' football team in practice.

* Art attack: Nisha Madahar and Jay Eccleston, Y11.

* Y10 drama workshop: Ugandan street children at night.

* Coseley brass band: all students are encouraged to join.

* The Masked Theatre of Prague: the boys rehearse.

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