Performing Arts

Our Curriculum Intent 

Our curriculum is designed to offer exciting and stimulating opportunities, differentiated to meet the needs of all our learners. At the heart of this is the teaching of core skills, knowledge, concepts and values which are a spiralled and recurring across all Years. Equally important is the development of inter-personal skills that will contribute to the development of happy, well-rounded students who can thrive. We aim to build on prior learning with the aim of developing responsible, independent and confident performers (RIC) who can adapt and apply their skills within a range of situations and disciplines. This gives students the best opportunity to develop a genuine love of the subject as well as being able to showcase their talent and develop their skills. As well as a stimulating class-based learning environment, we aim to offer our students a rich and diverse extra-curricular programme including lunch and after school clubs, Theatre trips and our own productions set in local theatres with live audiences. 


Gold Standard Teaching and Learning in Performing Arts Goal Orientated (Planning for Progress)  

  •  Starter Task in every lesson.  
  • Blooms, learning objectives displayed clearly.  
  • Students understand the Big Picture, what they are learning and why.  
  • Links to RIC (Resilience, Independence and Confidence).  
  • Highly effective and varied questioning.  

Open dialogue (Feedback for improvement).    

  • Regular assessment and feedback.  
  • Literacy marking in line with literacy stickers.  
  • Student response to feedback (DIRT) using green pen.  
  • Self and peer-assessment used to develop independence.  
  • Progress tracked on student’s assessment maps  

Learning Environment  

  • Positive Learning Environment created by mutually respectful relationships.  
  • Adults consistently model the values of the school and support curriculum intent.  
  • Reward effort and resilience by providing opportunities for students to speculate, investigate, and make mistakes.  
  • Pride is shown in their learning through the presentation of work.  

Differentiation for Challenge and support  

  • Data and student information is used to plan for individual needs.   
  • Stretch and challenge is provided for High Ability students.  
  • Oracy in the classroom is a priority; students respond to questions or contributions in full sentences (talk for writing).  
  • Additional intervention provided for those who need it. 



Key Stage 4 Examination Overview 

Examination Board: Pearson/ Edexcel 

Component 1 – 30% of the qualification: Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work, and the processes used to create performance. 

Component 2 30% of the qualification: Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, dance and/or musical theatre repertoire as performers or designers. 

Component 3: 40% of the qualification Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a theatrical group to contribute to a workshop performance as either a performer or designer in response to a given brief and stimulus 


What resources could I buy or borrow that will help my child? 

Revise BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts Revision Guide ( 

Get a Revision Guide for the schools’ price (includes 25% discount) for the module titles listed above. 

This book can also be purchased from Amazon but for a higher price. 


What are the key websites or Apps that my child could use? – BBC Bitesize has an Edexcel section where pupils can select a variety of units for learning. 

What can I do to encourage my child to take further interest in Performing Arts? 

Join in with the Academy’s Drama Club; offer to participate or help out with the annual show at The Rep Theatre; partake in the whole school musical or musical theatre show (normally occurs once a year; do music, dance or drama classes outside of school; join the New Vic Youth Theatre. 


What after school or other extracurricular activities are available in Performing Arts and when are they? 

Annual show at The Rep Theatre – January of every year. 

Lower School Drama Club – normally run at lunch times. 

The Treble Makers – whole school vocal group. 

Singing Lessons – various times offered during the school day. 


@ KS3 there is a Drama Club that operates x1 lunchtime each week. 

@ KS4, Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes, the Drama Studio is set aside for students to rehearse examination work. 


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