The Performing Arts Department is a busy, enthusiastic and hard-working department in which standards and expectations are of the highest level. ?We are committed to using God’s gift of the Arts to promote understanding, respect, tolerance, creativity and self-confidence.  We encourage and support all students to aim high and aspire to achieve their best.  Our vision is to inspire a love of the Arts and to give our young people new and different experiences of their world. The department is an energetic, ever-growing and vibrant part of the school that offers an extensive choice of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to perform.

Since January 2013 the department has worked in conjunction with the Lincoln Percussion Academy to provide high quality instrumental tuition for pupils. They have the opportunity to have instrumental lessons on the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Cello, Guitar and Drums. We are currently looking to appoint a piano teacher and singing teacher although there are opportunities for singing lessons to be had in school. These lessons are taught in three purpose built practice rooms within the Performing Arts Department.

The Curriculum

At KS3, students are taught for one hour per week in Performing Arts, studying both Music and Drama equally each year. Pupils study a wide range of topics, including World Music, Physical Theatre, Improvisation, Band Work, Television Advertising, Naturalistic Drama, Pantomime, Dance and STOMP! Singing and playing musical instruments are encouraged alongside performances during lessons of both musical and dramatic content on a regular basis. We encourage participation, inclusion and involvement in Performing Arts lessons ensuring that students are comfortable working and performing in a safe and comfortable classroom environment where they are able to take risks and reach their full potential.

In Years 10 and 11, students can choose to take Music, Performing Arts and Drama at GCSE Level. It must be noted that these courses are suited to certain pupils and are tailored to their strengths and individual needs of that year group.

GCSE Drama is taught over a two year period with three hours of teacher/student contact time per week. During the course students will explore a variety of different topics: Acting, Devising, Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Theatre in Education. The course is built around two units of work: practical coursework and a written exam. Students will also have the opportunity to experience a number of live theatre performances across the two years of study.

GCSE Music is taught over a two year period, with three hours of teacher/student contact time. Students are advised to play an instrument prior to the start of the course, in order to access the demands of the subject. The course is comprised of three different components: Performance, Composition and a Listening Paper. Pupils study a wide range of music from across the ages and across the world. They are encouraged to compose and improvise for coursework and are required to submit a Solo Performance and an Ensemble Performance.

GCSE Performing Arts (Single Award) is taught over a two year period, with three hours of teacher/student contact time. Students are advised to play an instrument prior to the start of the course. Students will complete coursework: skill development and will form a production company to produce a Showcase Performance.

Staff

Mr A Clarke

Miss H Cheshire