Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department seek to provide opportunities for pupils to explore and develop their creative skills in a range of disciplines from dance and drama to technical or design work. The focus is on all students experiencing a creative and challenging curriculum that encourages them to experiment, explore and create work which is shared and appreciated by others, and gain confidence in doing so.

Performing Arts is taught in KS4 and KS5.


At KS4 pupils study Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts. This course allows our students to follow a specific pathway and provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of performing arts.  The Award offers a choice of pathways for learners designed to provide programmes of study to suit individual needs. Pathways that are available are:ActingDanceMusical TheatreMusic Performance or Production.  Production skills include CostumeSet, PropsMasks and Makeup

The beauty of the course is that it allows the pupils to participate in exciting projects throughout the two years and learn skills in real and relevant context. 

The qualification provides opportunities for learners to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills in a performing arts context. Employers value employees who are able to communicate effectively both verbally and using electronic communication methods. The qualification also provides opportunities for learners to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course.

Progression opportunities: The qualification provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector.  Successful learners at level 2 may consider GCE AS or A Level in Performing Arts. 



At KS5 pupils study the CCEA Applied A Level in Performing Arts. This course provides the opportunity to develop skills in the students chosen discipline leading on very clearly from the BTEC First Award offered at school. 

The department strive to provide real and exciting performance projects for all students.  Many of our students go on to study Performing Arts, Drama, Dance, Technical Theatre and Drama with Education at university / college.  There are also a wide range of courses available in Stage / Theatre Management, Direction, Choreography and Makeup Design and Set Design which would also suit our students. 

For those who do not wish to enter a career in the performing arts industry this course would also be an excellent choice as it affords pupils the chance to develop a high level of confidence, communication, interpersonal, team work, time management and organization skills, in a practical way, which would benefit them in any profession or course at third level education. 


Mrs G Mercer – Performing Arts Teacher (Subject Coordinator) / Head of Music

Mrs A Jackson – Performing Arts Teacher / Pastoral Learning Leader

Examples of Pupil Work

Have a look at some of the exciting work undertaken by our students.