Performing arts

At NGHS we have a vibrant and active performing arts community with students taking part from all year groups, and the level of acting talent and creativity is outstanding. Many of our alumnae have gone on to successful and high profile careers within the arts too.

The key challenge for arts groups has been to find high quality and affordable space for teaching, rehearsal and performance in order to raise aspirations and deliver enjoyable audience experiences. We hope that ‘the space’ will fulfil this need and provide years of fantastic opportunities for young people within the community.Rosemary Squire OBE

Our new state-of-the-art performing arts facility ‘the space’ (The Squire Performing Arts Centre) is the result of a true collaboration between the school and its supporters.

With funding from the GDST and generous donations made by parents and supporters through charitable events, and through the purchasing of leaves on the beautiful Donor Tree, this dream is now a reality. The Donor Tree takes pride of place in the foyer and still offers the opportunity to make donations, as you will see by clicking on the image.

About ‘the space’

‘the space’ is designed to be an amazing rehearsal and performance venue for music, theatre and dance, while offering high-standard resources and equipment for our girls to learn the skills of professional theatre technicians and knowledge of backstage operations – take a look around, it’s absolutely amazing:


‘the space’ has revolutionised our school enrichment programme, giving the girls access to top quality equipment for their music and performing arts clubs.

The first full Drama production to take place in the space was the play Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, and the girls did extremely well with some outstanding performances.

Blue Stockings

With this valuable new resource, we’re looking to expand and enhance our current programme to cover a variety of activities and events. The space will open up opportunities for us to work with partners within the local Nottingham community and create a vibrant performing arts hub as part of our school.