Curriculum - Performing Arts

RRSA: Article 3: The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children.

RRSA: article 13: Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

RRSA: Article 28: Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available for every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s dignity. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

RRSA: Article 29- Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

RRSA: article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

The Performing Arts curriculum aims to challenge and inspire students to make excellent progress throughout the Performing Arts department. Through knowledgeable and motivating teaching, students will learn a variety of skills that build on subject specific knowledge from year to year and give students aspirational goals for the future through our BTEC components. Through Music, Dance and Drama BTEC courses, it is our intention that students will take charge of their own learning at KS4 giving them an opportunity to explore the world around them through the practical application of a wide range of styles, and the study of practitioners; as well as to partake in practical group work and research tasks that focus on the development of performance skills and techniques. It is through these means that we aim for students to have a sound range of knowledge and skills that will equip them for success in their further education.

  • Clear curriculum policies, schemes of learning and lesson plans are in place across all departments that focus on the needs of the cohorts and provide clear pathways to success.
  • Clear assessments are in place so that both students and teachers are prepared and can make clear progress.
  • Each course will teach group work, concentration, confidence and communication through the exploration of different genres, styles and performances.
  • This course aims to give students the opportunity to analyse professional work, visit current art venues and take charge of their own learning through independent research tasks and group performances.


Teaching will:

  • Focus on building skills at KS3
  • Offer a range of classes taught, meaning that the curriculum gives students the overall practical knowledge of the conventions of Performing arts and build on this art form from year to year.
  • Focus on a range of different styles and techniques throughout each discipline
  • Encourage both ensemble and independent application which will be maintained across all year groups.
  • Ensure students have developed their practical ability in performing, creating and exploring techniques and analysing existing work, experiencing live and digital performances.
  • Push Cross-curricular links across the faculty to ensure students can draw on previous learning and embed new terminology learnt.

Students will:

  • Be encouraged to take charge of their own learning.
  • Be challenged and encouraged to take risks, give their opinion or try new tasks and skills.
  • Be supported to ensure they are making their expected progress.
  • Be listened to and treated as individuals.

  • Students feel proud of the grades they have achieved and are able to increase their choices of studies in the future.
  • Ensure students can apply themselves positively to challenges faced and learn to be resilient.
  • Ensure students are able to work with others successfully and give constructive and accurate feedback.
  • Students develop the ability to question, analyse, challenge and understand a range of styles, techniques and skills when working independently.
  • Fair and clear progression has been made throughout students' time at school that meets statutory requirements.
  • Provide students with grades that show reasonable expected progress and reached potential.
  • Give students a range of experiences that improve their cultural capital.
  • Enable students to develop literacy skills used across the subject and through cross-curricular links.

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Three day London residential trip

Including: walking tour of London, museums, workshop, live theatre show, London Eye and river cruise. Students will be immersed into all aspects of the arts and develop their knowledge of Performing Arts while living like Londoners.

Band club Thursday

Dance club Tuesday

Speech and Drama club lunchtime

Whole school play club Monday

Non- performance roles trip to local theatres

HA trip to local theatre show

Theatre trip for KS4

College collaboration trip
Dance live

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Arts Champions meet once a half term