To inspire and equip our young people, enriching their lives through dance, drama and music.
 

Our resources and facilities give your daughters everything they need to experience our subjects to a high level and reach their full potential.

Our best resource is our staff who are highly skilled, have high expectations and years of varied experience. Our sole motivation in everything we do is to help your daughter be the best she can be.

Drama is taught in the Drama Studio and Dance Drama performance space, equipped with lighting & portable staging.

Music is taught in two large specialist rooms with iMacs, touch-sensitive keyboards, amplifiers and a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments. All iMacs feature Microsoft Office, Garage Band and Sibelius plus the industry-standard recording software Logic. All students use Logic in class to make professional-level recordings from the end of Year 7 upwards.
Music also has a recording studio and sound booth. If you are interested in making professional recordings (instrumental or vocal) or learning more about studio work and Music Technology, please speak to Ms Hayes.

We have three Music practice rooms equipped with drum kits, pianos, guitars and amps. Students who are learning to play instruments or sing are welcome to request a pass to use these rooms before school or at break for rehearsal: please speak to Ms Hayes to do so.

 

Throughout Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to be imaginative, build their confidence and experience the Arts through creating, performing and appreciation work across a range of styles. There is much evidence that participation in the Arts boosts personal and academic performance, right up to 6th form and beyond, which is why it is so important for students of all backgrounds and abilities to access them.  All KS3 students have performance opportunities each year to showcase class and extra-curricular work in front of family and friends.

Drama: One hour timetabled per fortnight in Years 7, 8 & 9 plus extra curricular opportunities throughout the year.

Music: One hour timetabled per fortnight in Years 7, 8 & 9 plus extra curricular opportunities throughout the year.

 

GCSE Drama (Eduqas)
GCSE Drama is taught by Miss Robinson. The majority of lessons concern practical devising and performance skills and students enjoy having the opportunity to explore themes and issues relating to the world around them.  Practical assessment is 30% of the course.  Set texts are studied and students have many opportunities to see live theatre performances, which are then analysed as part of their final GCSE work.  A practical portfolio, evaluative report and final exam make up the written assessment of the course.  In Year 10, students are expected to participate in the school production.  Throughout Years 10 & 11 they should also be willing to attend department theatre trips.

Students who study GCSE Drama are encouraged to have an enquiring mind and develop their interpersonal and communication skills. As well as giving students the skills needed for careers in the performing arts, much sought-after transferable skills, such as creativity, teamwork, leadership and public speaking, are integral to the course.

 

GCSE Music (Edexcel)
GCSE Music is taught by Ms Hayes.  60% of the course involves practical composition and performance skills (singing or instruments such as piano/guitar/orchestral instruments).  The remaining 40% focuses on the analysis of set studies and general listening skills across a wide range of musical genres.  Your daughter will know the high standards of the Music department and we are justly proud of our outstanding facilities and dedicated classroom and peripatetic teachers.

Examination results in Music are consistently well above national averages for expected and beyond expected progress.  This is even more impressive given that many of our students start instrumental or singing lessons in Year 10.  Strong teaching and an ambitious curriculum at KS3 means that all students can access and achieve in GCSE Music.

In Years 10 and 11, all GCSE Music students are expected to participate in Choir, Band or Celebration Group, which are also open to non-GCSE Music students.

Music students are encouraged to have a “can-do” attitude and become rounded individuals with a wide skill-set. This means that they will be well-equipped for further study and a wide range of careers, either in performing arts or beyond.  Many top-achieving professionals have a musical background and our students who have studied Music at GCSE and A Level have gone on to success in a variety of professional and skilled careers.

Course Breakdown:
1: Performance 30%
2: Composition (Controlled Assessment) 30%
3: Listening Examination 40%

KS4 GCSE Composition Homework: MU2 is open before or after school for KS4 students to do composition homework at appropriate points in the course.  Students need to spend at least 40 mins per week on this.
 

KS5 courses run when there is a viable cohort.  We’ve had great success on past courses, with students often achieving beyond their target grades.

Anyone who has a background in dance, drama or music knows the dedication required to achieve the highest standards. If you have a record of participation and enjoyment of the arts, plus a level of experience equivalent to GCSE Grade B or above in dance, drama or music, Level 3 courses will enable you to gain an academic qualification in something you love and reward your commitment and skills.

By the end of a KS5 Performing Arts course, you will have gained valuable proficiency in presenting yourself confidently, articulately and taking a leading role in managing yourself and leading others, which may well set you apart from your peers when applying for that important next step into adult life.

 

Please see our separate Music pages on the school website, or contact Mrs Kelly in the School Office, for details of activities and private music tuition.

We perform at numerous school and community events throughout the year, including Masses and Services, Community Carol Singing, Awards Evening, the Year 9 Graduation and the annual Summer Concert.


 

There is an annual school production which rehearses at least two afternoons a week from September to February.  Drama Club then runs once a week from February onwards. 

KS4 GCSE Support Sessions run once a week.

Various additional clubs are held throughout the year at lunchtimes and after school to prepare for school events and other performance opportunities.

Trips to theatre productions are organised throughout the year.

In addition, we perform at showcase events in and outside of school.