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Subject Overview

‘If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.’ – William Arthur Ward.

Our Dance department is situated in the performing arts faculty, working closely with the music and drama departments. We offer use of the Kent Hall to enhance performance opportunities for all students.


All students at Key Stage 3 have a timetabled Dance lesson, on a rotation, with the other performing arts subjects. Students will learn basic techniques in contact work, choreographing, learning different rep, and will be able to explore working creatively.


If students wish to continue to study dance, then they have the option, in year 9. Where they can complete a level 1 or 2 BTEC tech award in dance.

 Where students will complete the following components:

1 exploring the performing arts - internal 30%

2 developing skills and techniques in pa- internal 30%

3 responding to a brief- external synoptic 40%


Dance is taught in mixed ability and co-educational groups in years 7-13.



Subject Overview

The drama department aims to promote confidence; encourage creativity; opportunity for all; develop a range of life long skills including: group work; listening and communication skills; critical thinking and enquiry. We aim to do this within the framework of an all-inclusive environment. Drama is taught through performance throughout the school, using a combination of devising and script work covering a range of genres.


Students participate in the performing arts carousel, experiencing all specialism’s within the performing arts department. In KS3 we focus on:

  • Basic drama skills, equipping students with skills not only useful as a performer, but with the confidence and coordination to use in other areas
  • Genre, using a critical eye to analyse and use their performing arts skills in a wide variety of genres such as comedy and horror
  • Shakespeare, using our previous skills to act out a chosen Shakespeare play.


Students will follow the Btec Tech Award in Performing Arts.

They will cover three components:

Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts. Students will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create a performance.

Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts. Students will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting or dance repertoire.

Both of these components are internally assessed.

Component 3 – Performing to a Brief. This component is externally assessed. Students will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus.

Assessment for all components is a combination of both practical and written work


No KS5 provision at the moment


Drama studio, with wide open space and full length floor mirrors to enable reflexive performances

Kent Hall, with a large, raised stage perfect for dramatic performance


Drama club running once weekly, performances throughout the year including musical theatre and Shakespeare festival.

Higher Education Links

Students can use this to go onto study a wide variety of theatre related disciplines, including drama, musical theatre or more tech-based specialisms like stage management

Career Opportunities



Teacher – Secondary and Primary

Solicitor (Russell Group recently recognised A-Level drama as a key subject for those wanting to take Law at university!)



Subject Overview

In the music department we help students to build their confidence, find their voice and develop their teamwork and communication skills, all whilst putting performance at the heart of all that we do. We focus on providing students with life-long skills and encourage them to explore their creativity. 


All KS3 students study music as part of our performing arts carousel along with Dance and Drama. At KS3, music lessons focus primarily on ensemble communication, where students engage with a range of musical instrument and singing activities and explore various performing styles. All of our work builds towards a final class performance, and towards the end of the academic year we offer the opportunity for KS3 students to showcase their musical talents to a larger audience. 


Music is offered as an option to KS4 students, where they will follow the BTEC course in Music Practice. This course aims to develop key musical skills and performance techniques, underpin effective ways of working in the music industry, and develop students personal management, communication skills. This course is largely coursework based, providing students with the opportunity to build a portfolio to demonstrate their understanding of music theory, the development of musical styles through time, and reflections on their personal musical development. The course is delivered through a series of performance based workshops, therefore basic performance ability on an instrument or voice is necessary.


Our range of musical facilities at the school is on the growth, and we are currently able to offer students the opportunity to rehearse with a range of musical instruments including keyboards, pianos, guitars, ukuleles, bass guitars and drum kits. We have 4 performing arts spaces available for rehearsal which students are able to reserve for after school rehearsals should they wish to do so. We also have access to a full Samba kit for ensemble rhythmic activities, and on request we are able to provide a range of classical instruments for students wishing to learn something new.


Enrichment plays a vital role in our music department, where we offer endless performance opportunities to all students. Not only do we offer students the opportunity to take part in full school musical productions and our annual Christmas concert, we also host a variety of smaller concerts throughout the year in tandem with our performing arts department.

Career Opportunities

Not only does our BTEC qualification provide the perfect grounding for anyone interested in a career in performance, a variety of music industry job roles are explored throughout the course. From work in the technical and management sectors of the industry right through to composition, events management and promotion, music offers a broad range of career paths.