Welcome to the Performing Arts Department

Meet Our Staff

  • Mrs S Forster (Head of Performing Arts)
  • Mr B Hicks (Emeritus Head of Music)
  • Mr C Tratt (Music)
  • Miss N Ryan (Dance)

Our curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides learners with the best opportunities to be successful in their learning. Our principles focus on depth not just breadth by creating a mastery within the curriculum, which stretches learners and accelerates their progress over their 7 year learning journey at our college. In this section of the website you will find the subject intent, implementation and impact.

Alongside this, are our long and medium term plans which enable all stakeholders to have a clear understanding of the content, knowledge and skills taught within this curriculum area. The long term plan also outlines the cultural capital experiences and career opportunities learners have within the subject, as well as our tailored approach to supporting learners' metacognitive processes. Further to these documents, the discrete sequencing of lessons are in the College's bespoke schemes of work that can be accessed through departments.

'Only the best will do!'

What exactly do they learn?

Very simply, what are the main concepts or big ideas that you teach?


Healthy Life style, physical movement, Body awareness, physical skills, technical skills, mental skills.


Music elements, composition, performance


Drama skills, performance, understanding of practitioners, script work.

Is mastery/HAPs a part of your curriculum?

In all key stages mastery/HAP are incorporated in the schemes of work through leadership opportunities, extended tasks, higher level homework challenges and masterclasses.

Is there depth or do you leap from one topic to another?

At KS3 set topics are followed in all disciplines to build skills in preparation for GCSE.

At KS4/5 set topics are given by the examination board. We order the topics depending on ability and suitability of the group

What further reading opportunities are there within your subject area?

Pupils have the opportunity to read and research practitioners across the three disciplines. This gives them more knowledge in their area of study. In drama pupils can explore different styles of plays and scripts.

What qualifications do students go on to study at KS4 and KS5 in your subject?

Students study A Level Dance or Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts

How do you measure attainment and progress?

How do you formally assess students?

Q/A is the platform of all formal assessment within the department. We also use a lot of peer analysis and video analysis.

What do you measure progress against? We measure progress against each individual target. We also compare to previous standardization that is given from examination boards. The staff also compare progress against other schools.

How effectively do you use assessment to improve outcomes? We have half termly formal assessments which allow us to plan effectively for the next outcomes.

Is feedback a strength? Do students improve? How do you know?

I feel staff are always giving constructive feedback and this reflects in the amount of progress made within each displine and the results gained.

What did they learn at primary?

As a department we work closely with primary school. We often have leaders working alongside the children preparing them for performance within the secondary school environment.

We have teachers from the department that also teach within the feeder schools building up relationships with staff and pupils.

When the pupils enter transition if often easy in this subject due to a lot of the pupils already knowing student and teachers faces.

The curriculum starts a fresh in the department as pupils have usually only built skills in the disciplines and have not yet developed them.

What's the purpose of teaching your subject?

What benefits do students get by studying your subject?

  • Confidence
  • Leadership
  • Body awareness
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Team work
  • Mental development
  • Social skills

If they were asked… would they know? YES

Is it appropriate for all your learners? Yes schemes are adapted to suit the needs of all students.

Equality is promoted through adapting the units on a year bases to suit the needs of individual groups.

What order do you teach things in and why?

Why do you teach the topics in the order that they are delivered now?

We teach skills first to build a foundation. We then encourage composition, choreography and devising. From this we build on professional work and practitioners. The level taught depends very much on the KS.

How are your schemes structured to help the students remember more?

Lessons always follow a similar structure so students know what is expected of them. Recaps are very much the focus of all lessons so students are always revising work and keeping it fresh in their memories. Schemes are adapted to suit the ability of the pupils.

Which areas do you revisit frequently and why?

At KS4/5 professional works are revisited all of the time as this tends to be the weakest part of the examination.

How do you know that you have a 'good' curriculum?

What are the outcomes like for your subject?

Results are outstanding within all areas of the department.

What is the uptake like for your subject at KS4/5 and beyond?

Number vary from year to year depending on the number of external students we have.

Do students enjoy learning your subject and how do you know?

Students do enjoy the subject and this reflects in the results and extracurricular numbers we secure.

How do you enrich your subject outside the classroom?

What career opportunities are provided through your subject area?

Students are encourages to lead within primary schools.

Masterclass take place with local colleges and universities. Students are enriched through school trips.

What opportunities are there to experience your subject outside the classroom?

The department has a strong enrichment timetable. All discipline compete to high levels. A number of performances and events take place throughout the year.