Performing Arts and Drama

Performing Arts and Drama

Faculty of PE & Performing Arts


Mrs C Callaghan - Subject Leader

Mrs K Soulsby


The Performing Arts department seek to inspire confidence and leadership skills in all pupils and staff whilst relishing new challenges and experiences both within and outside the classroom. We aim to create a safe environment where people can explore their own personalities and experiment with their ideas without fear of failure or ridicule, resulting in successful confident pupils and members of the department.


Our aim is that all pupils will be able to:

  • Access an exciting, dynamic, achievable curriculum.
  • Access support and guidance when needed.
  • Learn from mistakes.
  • Give praise and acknowledge successes as well as offer constructive criticism.


KS3 Curriculum 2019-2020

Year 7

In the first term, year 7 pupils study basic Drama skills including tableaux, freeze frames, thought tracking, hot-seating and formal and informal speaking. They use this knowledge in the second term to direct published plays such as The Pied Piper of Hamlin. In the final term, pupils get the chance to devise their own plays based on different genres of theatre

Year 8

In Y8 pupils develop their knowledge and skills and begin to take on larger roles. They initially work on modernising Shakespeare plays in term one and then they work on plays such as Teechers by John Godber and Our Day Out by Willy Russell. Finally, in term three, pupils devise their own plays using extracts from published scripts and learn to add technical elements to their work.


KS4 Curriculum 2019-2020

Years 9, 10 and 11

In Year 9 pupils can opt to study Edexcel BTEC Level1/Level2 Tech Award in Performing Arts, in which they will study 3 components


Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

Pupils will get the opportunity to examine professional practitioners’ performance work and therefore develop their understanding of the performing arts. Pupils will understand the requirements of being an actor, director and performance technician as well as develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles.


Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts 

Pupils will develop skills and techniques for performance, apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance and review their own development as a performer. Pupils will communicate intentions to an audience through a variety of styles and they will take part in workshops and classes where they will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. Pupils will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce the work.


Component 3: Performing to a Brief

Pupils will learn to understand how to respond to a brief by selecting and developing skills in response to a specific stimulus. Pupils will apply skills and techniques in a workshop performance and evaluate both their process to the response and their own development.  Pupils will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to devise and create a workshop performance.



  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts is internally and externally moderated. It makes up 30% of the final grade.
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts is internally and externally moderated. It makes up 30% of the final grade.
  • Component 3: Performing to a Brief is externally assessed and makes up 40% of the final grade.