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Creative Arts

Creative Arts
Creative Arts

Art, Music and Drama, as the Creative Arts, allow for a freedom of expression and creativity arguably not available, in quite the same way, in other disciplines. They are at the heart of culture and civilisation and regarded with great respect (and considerable resourcing) at Radley.

Lessons in the Shell year are allocated at two periods for Art and one for Music. While Drama is not formally taught in the Shell year, the entire year group engages in the annual Haddon Cup inter-social drama competition, and keen actors can enroll in the Shell Play. As Options at GCSE, these subjects are taught for either four or five periods per cycle, depending on the option block and year. In the sixth form, all subjects are taught for ten periods a cycle.

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Victoria Buse
Victoria Buse
Director of Theatre
Promptly after completion of my Drama and English degree (Surrey University) I made my way to the Edinburgh Fringe, eager to see what this world renowned theatre festival had to offer. After an inspiring whirlwind week I returned to London and immediately auditioned for Drama School. I was cast in a 'Theatre in Education' tour a few months out of training. I hugely enjoyed the interactive post-show student workshops, so decided to sign up for my teacher training in Drama; I never looked back. I went on to join Hampton School as a Drama Teacher and over the course of 12 years became Head of Drama followed by Director of Performing Arts; I then embarked on a Gap Year where I returned to my performance roots working as an Actor and Drama Practitioner. I joined Radley College as Director of Theatre in September 2017. Radley provides a truly unique setting for productions and facilitates great theatrical opportunities. I feel very fortunate to work alongside such an imaginative and committed theatre team and such talented and creative students.
Ruth Tufnell
Ruth Tufnell
Director of Art, Head of Charities
After completing a Fine Art Degree, I began a career in Fine Art Publishing, working as a Picture Researcher and the Art Department Manager for The Art Group, a successful company specialising in prints and posters. I then joined CCA Galleries (Christies Contemporary Art) and was promoted to Publishing Director. Following three children, I had a career change and moved into teaching. I completed a PGCE and have taught in four different schools in Oxfordshire. I have also continued with my studies, first with an MA in Education and I am now near completing a Doctorate in Education. I came to teach art at Radley in 2015. I was privileged to become Director of Art in September 2019, joining an already well-established and highly accomplished team of professional artist teachers. We are all passionate about Art Education and inspiring the boys to engage with visual culture, both practically and intellectually. The facilities within the Art Department, the Sewell Gallery and the art on display throughout the school are exceptional and demonstrate Radley’s commitment to developing the boys’ artistic and creative abilities. I have also recently become Master in Charge of Charities and greatly enjoy encouraging and facilitating the boys to undertake an amazing array of challenges for a wide variety of charities.
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
Head of Instrumental Music, Master I/C of Cross Country
I am currently Head of Instrumental Music at Radley and responsible for providing the instrumental and vocal teaching for Radley musicians and supporting their progress. I studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Reading University as a pianist and continue to perform and present masterclasses, lecture-recitals, and seminars on the art of teaching around the world as well as being a Moderator, Examiner and syllabus selector for ABRSM. I am also Master in Charge of X/C at Radley, in my youth (a long time ago) competing for Imperial College. Whilst my job is one big hobby, others include flying model aircraft, gardening and recently, paragliding.
Suzie-Louise Naylor
Suzie-Louise Naylor
Head of Academic Music, Head of PSHE
I started my teaching career at Bradfield College before arriving at Radley in 2000 to become Head of Academic Music. I am a senior examiner and moderator for Edexcel (GCSE/AS/A2 Music) and have taught on the Gifted and Talented programme at Villiers Park. I am a member of the Child Protection team. Proudest achievement: climbing Kilimanjaro with Radleians in 2013. Guilty pleasure: grisly Scandinavian crime novels.