Teaching Staff

  • Mr Edwards - Head of Curriculum Area
  • Mr Booth
  • Miss Dean
  • Miss Jones
  • Mr Jones
  • Miss Lachance
  • Mrs Warnock

Performing Arts

  • Mrs Davies - Lead Teacher
  • Mr Holland



P.E. - A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for students to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness (NC, 2013). The aim of KS3 PE is to develop a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity and understand the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle. Students will develop confidence, team working skills, leadership, and problem solving skills and develop qualities such as resilience and determination. Through a variety of sports, students will understand what makes performances effective and will develop analytical skills of own and others’ performance. All students will have opportunities to compete through a broad inter-house programme developing a knowledge for a variety of sports and their governing rules.

Drama - Drama is a subject in which students will learn how to collaborate with one another to make and perform both scripted and original drama. This subject develops skills in creativity, communication and collaboration. Drama also supports the delivery of the wider curriculum, reinforcing and exploring the themes, topics and texts and interpreting them for a theatrical context. Drama will allow students to explore a range of scripts, characters, stimulus, themes and topics from which they rehearse, refine and perform scripted and original performances. Students develop team work, collaboration and communication skills throughout the curriculum.

These curriculum choices have been made to provide students with a board curriculum that will engage all students and introduce them to devising their own work and provide the opportunity to study and perform scripts. Links with drama and the theatre profession and industry are also touched upon in the curriculum.

Music -  Music at KS3 allows young people to explore, develop and demonstrate their skills in Performance, Composition and Listening and Appraising, through the study of a variety of topics. This to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination. The topics have been chosen to allow students to gradually build on the musical skills and knowledge gained at KS2. Each module requires students to apply the previously learnt skills and knowledge to the tasks in the current unit. 


GCSE PE - Physical Education equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance in sport. They develop their understanding of socio-cultural influences on participation in sport, the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and well-being as well as their understanding of sports psychology theories. The course will also help in developing students understanding of how physical activity can aid physical, mental and social well-being.

GCSE Drama - The KS4 Drama curriculum covers a board range of drama, theatre and performance skills. Students study devising and work on how to respond creatively to a stimulus and performance skills to provide clear foundation for NEA devising unit of work. This develops students ability to respond creatively to a stimulus, use and apply a range of drama techniques successfully and establish effective and engaging characters. Students look at a extracts of a range of texts as this provides them with a board range of performance options and genres to explore in their scripted performance work. Students develop vocal and physical skills and learn about how to show characterisation in performance. Students experience live theatre and learn how to critically evaluate live theatre and performance work and this provides them with cultural experience and capital. This provides students with the option to evaluate key scenes, acting and design elements. Students study a set text and work on how to stage this text and key extracts as an actor, director and designer. Students learn to justify their artistic and dramatic choices. Students learn group work skills, confidence, speaking and listening skills and this all links to the GCSE specification.

GCSE Music - The study of music at KS4 encourages students to;

  • Develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically with fluency and control of the resources used
  • Develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources
  • Recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music
  • Broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians
  • Develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing
  • Develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music
  • Recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology
  • Develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds
  • Reflect upon and evaluate their own and others’ music
  • Engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.


  • Level 1/2 Technical Award in Health & Fitness (Vocational P.E.)
  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Music

Please see below for Curriculum Maps for a breakdown of what is taught in each year group and by term:

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