Performing Arts

Performing ArtsA new Performing Arts suite opened in 2013 and we are delighted to be able to offer an extensive range of courses with greatly enhanced learning opportunities, made possible by these wonderful facilities.

The Performing Arts Department facilities include:

  • 2 fully equipped Drama Studios with blackout curtains and blinds
  • Theatrical lighting and control board
  • 2 fully adaptable staging systems, which allow for a wide range of staging possibilities
  • computer with internet/intranet access, digital data projector and screen and Sound field system
  • audio/visual system for the use of CDs, DVDs, videos and audio cassettes
  • digital cameras and video recording equipment
  • extensive range of plays, textbooks and reference books
  • stage make-up, props, and costumes
  • In school music service offering Brass, Piano, Woodwind, Guitar and Vocal tuition
  • Range of instruments which can be hired free of charge
  • Three separate practice rooms available for students to book and use
  • Class set of digital keyboards
  • Class set of Computers with midi keyboards
  • Cubase and Sibelius software

Key Stage 3 – Performing Arts

Students are taught in streamed sets and are timetabled for a Performing Arts lesson once a week for one or two terms. In Performing Arts students will specialise in Music or Drama. They will learn to express themselves using movement, voice and a range of instruments. They use a variety of performance techniques to explore current issues, play texts and a variety of stimuli.

Key Stage 4

At the end of Year 9 students can opt for Drama at GCSE. Students are timetabled for three lessons a week in Year 10 and Year 11.

At Key Stage 4 students must commit to extra rehearsal times at break, lunchtime and after school in order to fully prepare their projects.

GCSE Drama

Student will complete 3 units:

  • Drama Exploration – Practical Workshop accompanied by a 2000 word Documentary Response.
  • Exploring Play Texts – Practical Workshop accompanied by a 1000 word Documentary Response. Live Theatre Visit accompanied by a 2000 word Response to Live Performance.
  • Drama – Opportunity to showcase their skills as a performer. Externally assessed in front of an audience

GCSE Music

  • Performance– students will be assessed on two performances- one solo and one ensemble.
  • Composition – students will submit two compositions.
  • Listening and Appraising– This is a one and a half hour listening exam at the end of Year 11, in which students will answer questions based on 12 set works which are studied throughout the two years.

Key Stage 5

Students can opt for Drama and Theatre Studies at AS and A2 Level. Students are timetabled for five lessons a week in Year 12 and Year 13. Students will be expected to visit the theatre regularly and commit to extra rehearsal times at break, lunchtime and after school in order to fully develop the skills necessary to access the desired A Level grades.


We offer a wide range of extracurricular provisions in the Performing Arts Department. These include: KS3 and KS4 Dance Club, Drama Club, Choir, Ukulele Group, Guitar Club and Musical Theory. Many showcase opportunities are available both within and outside of the Academy.

Our mission within Drama is to ensure all students reach their potential in whichever route they choose to take; this is clearly reflected within our results. Our main aim is that students gain interpersonal and transferrable skills that will be beneficial to them in all aspects of their lives.


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