Drama and Performing Arts

  • Head of Subject: Miss I James
  • Year groups taught: all


The Academy runs an exciting Scheme of Learning in Performing Arts, which gives all students the opportunity to experience performance skills relevant to the craft and industry. Whether students have a desire to pursue this subject or not, it is proven that our young people do thrive from their new skills and can flourish in all subjects.

Why is this subject important?

This subject will give your child the building blocks to becoming more confident in everyday life. Allowing students to express themselves and working in team situations where they will rely on each other to create a performance. It will give your child invaluable skills such as confidence, public speaking and team building. Not only will your child perform well but the curriculum we follow here at the Academy will improve your child’s reading and writing; through script reading, character analyse and performing which will support your child academically in all their subjects. Students also have the opportunity to develop physical and interpretative skills throughout year 7 and 8.

Resources to highlight

We currently have three performing spaces available to us, a blacked out drama room with sound and lighting equipment, a dance studio and a stage with high tech sound and lighting equipment, black out curtains. These spaces allow students to not only learn, rehearse and performing with good facilities but to also experience a professional environment to perform in.

Throughout students schooling they are provide with numerous trips to stage productions allowing them to gain insight into professional performance work in a fun yet controlled manner. Students are exposed to an array of performing arts clubs including dance, drama and glee club allowing them to gain experience in different aspects of the Performing Arts industry.

We provide extra-curricular activities for our students giving them the opportunity to perform in shows throughout the academic year. These shows can be set by the director or they can be organised and performed by the students themselves. Productions allow students to progress in performing arts classes and other subjects.

Key stage 3

Year 7

In year 7 students are introduced to the core skills and techniques necessary for performing and are given the opportunity to develop vocabulary and disciplines needed to develop their understanding. It is a key moment to begin supporting confidence through presenting work and ideas in front of an audience.

Structure of course
Students will have 1 lesson per week.

Topics covered

  • Forum Theatre
  • Freeze Frame
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Thought Tracking
  • Improvisation
  • Theatre Sports
  • Devising

The skills students will learn this year are

  • Confidence
  • Performing for Audience
  • Speaking aloud
  • Team work
  • Numeracy and literacy

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed every 3 weeks and also take part in weekly self and peer assessments.

Year 8

In year 8 students continue to develop their new skills in an artistic way. By now they will be used to the structure of the lessons and understand what is expected of them in terms of expectation when performing in front of others. The key for this year is to ensure they work to the best of their ability and begin to investigate the necessary skills needed for key stage 4.

Structure of lessons
Students will have 1 lesson per week on a rotation with other subject.

Topics covered

  • Gothic Drama
  • Scripting
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Devising
  • Directing
  • Screen Acting
  • History of Drama

The skills Students will learn this year are

  • Speaking and listening
  • Confidence building
  • Working  in teams
  • Numeracy and literacy
  • Performing to an audience

Students are assessed by
Students are assessed every 3 weeks and also take part in weekly self and peer assessments.

Key stage 4

Years 9, 10 and 11 Performing Arts


Students are studying BTEC Level 1 and 2 Technical Award in Performing Arts. At this level students are exposed to a wide variety of performance techniques and are prepared for the industry by specialists who know the career paths well. Students can opt into a dance pathway of acting.

  • Qualifications: BTEC Level 1/2 Technical Award in Performing Arts
  • Examining body: Pearson
  • QAN Code: 603/0406/6

The skills and qualities Students need to succeed in this course are

If you are a keen performer and interested in a career in some aspect of the performing arts industry, this course will enable you to develop your interests. The course is also excellent for developing your confidence and preparing you for a wide range of professions that involve communicating with others. You must be willing to work with others, engage with an audience and demonstrate core drama or dance disciplines.

What you will study

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief

Students are assessed by

Students will be assessed internally throughout Component 1 and 2 and externally assessed for Component 3. We encourage all students to actively get involved with the assessment process which includes self and peer assessment supported by your tutor.

Final exam components

  • 30% Coursework
  • 70% Practical

What might students study after this?

If you wish to progress into key stage 5, We currently deliver BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts which is at present equivalent to 2 A Levels.

Possible careers

Acting, Dancing, Directing, Theatre Production, Radio, Television, Film, Public speaking, Presenting, Theatre In Education and Teaching, Performing Arts Business management, Choreographing. Production Arts, Arts Administration

For more information contact

Miss I James


See also

Other subjects in Performance, Arts and PE: