London Griffin Arts Festival 2019

To kick off the first week of the Griffin Arts Festival, ten Year 5 competition winners from Saxon Way, along with two members of staff, accompanied ninety Year 5 students from our family of schools to London.


Hosted by our London schools, Riverley and Willow Brook, students to took part in an immersive timetable aimed at enriching their cultural understanding and broadening their artistic heritage. Students and staff camped at Willow Brook Primary for four days, where the school was transformed to give it a festival feeling.


The programme of workshops and performances included:

  • The Barbican Big Adventure Trail: A self-guided exploration of the Barbican – London’s largest multi-arts centre.
  • A behind the scenes tour of the historic Royal Albert Hall
  • A visit to the V&A Museum to explore the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, spanning 5,000 years and 4 continents
  • A matinee performance of the world renowned West End show Wicked at the Apollo Theatre
  • A performance by one of our secondary schools called About a Leak!
  • ‘Of the People’ – an exuberant musical performance by culturally diverse quintet Kabantu
  • Shakespeare being brought to life at the Globe Theatre, followed by a tour of the venue
  • Contemporary art forms at the Tate Modern before heading to the National Gallery to draw comparisons with earlier collections
  • An audience with Steve Cole, author and poet.
  • A classical evening with our very own Night At The Proms brought to us by The London Gay Symphonic Wind Orchestra, supported by a GST student band.

Our lucky competition winners have returned, buzzing about their experiences!