Performing Arts

“The Performing Arts Faculty seeks to develop creative, confident and collaborative individuals who strive to achieve excellence through realisation of their expressive talents”


Miss J Dhillon – Head of Faculty and Drama Teacher

Mr D Canning-England – Teacher of Drama

Mrs E Wall – Teacher of Drama



Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups and study a well-structured program of units, which change each half term. Assessments take place at the end of each half term.
The units studied cover a wide range of themes and drama skills, such as: using script, devising, role play, character development, confidence building and team work.

Students also have an opportunity to use different performance genres such as melodrama, comedy and physical theatre.

Students are encouraged to consider the impact of technical elements (such as lighting and sound) within their performances.


At Key Stage 3 students are taught in tutor groups and they follow the Music scheme of work. The units of work are structured so that a new topic is started each half term. Students are frequently assessed in Music through performing, composing and listening work.

Music learning develops student’s critical skills; their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of Music, and to make judgments about Music quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment, all of which are very important skills to students in everyday life.

As well as these areas, students are offered a variety of different performance opportunities outside of the classroom. These include specific instrumental lessons taken through ‘Birmingham Music Service’, extracurricular clubs such as choir, progression and ensemble and ‘Uke’s of Hazard’ to the inclusion of the school production chorus and pit band.

Aside from these areas, we look to find out more about the historical and cultural settings that have inspired and formed the different musical creations. Some of the areas which are covered are:
Dimensions of Music,World Music,Hall of Fame,Battle oft the Bands,Film Music,Stomp and many more…



GCSE Drama helps students develop both new and existing skills in a range of performance disciplines. The GCSE engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.
Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

Component 1: Understanding Drama 40% (EXAM)

Component 2: Devising Drama 40% (PERFORMANCE AND WRITTEN LOG)

Component 3: Texts in practice 20% (PERFORMANCE EXTRACTS)

Drama Level 2 V–cert:

This Qualification is designed for learners who may be interested in the performance industry. The focus of the qualification is on the learner’s ability and desire to perform. It aims to focus on an applied study of the performance skills industry whilst providing opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills. It will give learners the opportunity to demonstrate awareness of the need for warm up routines and safe working practices for physical activities, realistic self-evaluation of skills through a reflective process, the importance of team work and the use of problem solving in a practical context.

  • Unit 01: Developing skills for performance (Mandatory 25%)
  • Unit 02: Prepare and perform (Mandatory 25%
  • Unit 03: Performance production in practice*(Optional 50%)
  • Unit 04 Performance design* (Optional 50%)

GCSE Music (OCR)

In GCSE music, we look to expand upon the foundations built in KS3 music in the following areas of performance, composition and appraisal. Within the GCSE course, students are given the opportunity to develop their skills in these areas as well as developing their knowledge of western classical notations and over 20 genres of music. Students through the course will be given all the tools needed to study music at a higher level and to discover their own, musical voice.

Within this programme of study, students overall grade will be comprised of the following:

  • Unit B351 – A performance*, a composition and a commentary , all related to Area of Study 1 – 30% of the qualification
  • Unit B352 – A portfolio containing a performance* relating to Area of Study 2, a composition or arrangement relating to Area of Study 2, 3 or 4 and a log and evaluation – 30% of the qualification
  • Unit B353 – A timed task drawing on understanding gained from an area of study, in which candidates develop a short piece and communicate it, based on a stimulus – 20% of the qualification
  • Unit B354 – A written paper, with CD, assessing knowledge and understanding of Areas of Study 2, 3 and 4 – 20% of the qualification.

Music Level 2 V- cert :

Students will develop their skills in Music Technology and the recording process.  They will develop technical skills using music technology, perform using music technology and develop existing communication. They will also develop ICT, project management, time management and teamwork skills.  Students will generate portfolio evidence which is used towards certain components of a Key Skills qualification.

  • Unit 1: Using a DAW
  • Unit 2: creating music
  • Unit 3: studio recording
  • Unit 4 sound creation