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Performing Arts (Dance, Drama and Music)


Head of Department – Mrs C Stevenson

Our aims are to invoke and inspire student interest and enjoyment in all aspects of Performing Arts. Through extra curricular activities and events we promote participation within out school and for the wider community.

We encourage students to become motivated, independent learners who are keen to do their best and follow the PA motto of ‘give it a go’. All teachers share their expertise of working within the profession to lead and guide students to achieve their full potential.

KS3 Performing Arts

All students in Key Stage 3 have 2 lessons of Dance, Drama and Music per fortnight. Our KS3 Performing Arts curriculum has been designed to evoke excitement in the three art forms that we offer. In our department we recognise the importance that the creative arts have in the life of pupils and this knowledge has guided us to form a comprehensive and exciting approach to developing all pupils’ creativity building on their strengths and interests. We cover many topics for example Piano technique, Musical Theatre and Stage Combat. 

In year 9 students carousel through the department, undertaking a term in each of our 3 artforms Dance, Drama and Music. In Dance the students look at the evolution of Hip Hop, whilst in Drama they look at improving key dramatic techniques such as improvisation starting from a variety of starting points. In Music we look to create our next Pop Band sensation looking at what makes a band successful before making our own interpretation of a current song. 

KS4 Performing Arts

All students in KS4 have 4 lessons of their subject a fortnight. Students can choose to take either Dance, Drama or Music and over the course of their studies explore a variety of work by different practitioners in different styles. The explore both existing repertoire, develop their

Through the written coursework elements of the largely practical BTEC courses, students have the opportunity to reflect on their practice and develop key skills such as independence and ownership of their own learning.

Practically students are provided time to work alongside teachers with specialist subject knowledge and get to work in creative spaces featuring superb facilities and equipment.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

As a department we offer a range of extracurricular activities from the school musical, to our vocal group, drama and dance club. All of these clubs have the opportunity to perform at one of our many events calendered throughout the academic year. We work closely with our feeder primary schools to create and build relationships with students and staff to ease with the transition from KS2 to 3.