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Performing Arts

"I like to practice. With every new piece, you make mistakes and you learn. So it’s important that you get on and have another go." - Wayne McGregor

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"There is always something going on after school and Miss is there to help." - Year 8

"I get to work with my friends in group performances which has helped with my confidence." - Year 10

"I love doing the whole school show because it’s fun and I get to do my favourite subject." - Year 7

"I want to study music at university so these past two years have really helped me." - Year 11


The performing arts subjects; dance, drama and music, are taught to all KS3 students on a rotation. This allows students to experience all three disciplines and develop their abilities in each one.

The aim of the performing arts course is to provide students with a thorough grounding in performing arts so that they learn to respond creatively and imaginatively, thereby developing physical skills and confidence in creating, performing and appreciating dance, drama and music.

In Year 7 and 8 students study a varied scheme of work to allow them to develop their performance skills; they focus on stimuli as a start point for practical activities that engage them in the creative and evaluative processes.

In Year 9 the aim of the course is to provide the opportunity to develop knowledge of dance, drama or music and to understand the key features of being part of a professional performance company. Students’ will improve their overall production and preparation skills through the process of rehearsal and performing to an audience.


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AQA GCSE-Dance focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the interrelated processes of performance, choreography and critical appreciation. It provides a strong foundation for progression to Level 3 courses in dance such as BTEC Performing Arts (dance).

EDEXCEL BTEC level 2, performing arts (acting), first award aims to provide students with an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of performing arts. The qualification builds on learning from key stage 3 for those who may wish to explore an acting training route throughout key stage 4. The course will develop knowledge and practical skills in drama performance and rehearsal techniques.  Assessment and target setting through supporting written work is designed to build confidence in communicating with an audience effectively through a variety of styles and approaches. In addition, the course builds interpersonal and communication skills through team and group work.

EDEXCEL BTEC level 2, performing arts (music), first award is a coursework driven course comprising of 3 units, one of which is externally assessed. Learners embark on a journey of skills development, ranging from individual and group performance skills to composing their own music. The course is largely practical and lends itself well to progression onto level 3 courses and subsequently; university.

Extra-curricular/OSL opportunities

The performing arts department runs numerous activities after school, these include:

  • Year 10 and year 11 OSL
  • Annual whole school production
  • Street dance
  • Samba band
  • Arts award
  • Choir
  • Keyboard club
  • Theory club

Year 9 Arts Award 

Silver Arts Award is a Level 2 qualification which is completed over 1 year. It has two units – Unit 1: Arts practice and Unit 2: Arts leadership. The Silver Arts award involves achieving an arts challenge. This requires students to review an arts events, researching artists and arts organisations, they will then be required to deliver an arts leadership project along with their peers.