Performing Arts, Drama, Dance and Music

Our curriculum aims to challenge and inspire students to make excellent progress throughout the Performing Arts department. Through knowledgeable and motivating teaching, students will learn a variety of skills that build on subject specific knowledge from year to year, giving students aspirational goals for the future through our BTEC components.

Through dance and drama, students will learn to be responsible for their own process and personal development. We encourage students to take charge of their own learning, giving them an opportunity to explore the world around them through the practical application of a wide range of styles, and the study of practitioners; as well as to partake in practical group work and research tasks that focus on the development of performance skills and techniques. 

Our teaching will inspire and encourage communication, team-work and build confidence from lesson to lesson. It is our hope that lessons equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding of professional theatres and practitioners. 

Through our extra-curricular provision, students will engage in all aspects of performance and expand their knowledge of professional performers.

Key Stage 3: 

Students will be assessed on 6 strands, equally weighted, including: physical skills, theoretical content, tactical awareness, positional awareness, leadership and communication skills. 


Assessment Window

Assessment Type / Topic

Year 7

8th January - 19th January 2024


Landmark assessment - Verfremdungseffekt- Epic theatre techniques/Breaking the fourth wall. 

Year 8

25th September - 6th October 2023


Landmark assessment- Performance and non-performance roles in Theatre in Alice in Wonderland

Year 9

16th October - 3rd November 2023


Landmark assessment- The roles of an actor and director in Blood Brothers


Key Stage 4:

We study the BTEC Tech award in Performing arts-


Assessment Window

Assessment Type / Topic

Year 10

16th October - 3rd November 2023


Component 1- Exploring the Performing Arts

Year 11

6th November - 17th November 2023

Mock Exam Season 

At KS3 students are expected to attend clubs for Drama, music and Dance as part of their independent learning. As a department we offer a range of clubs so that students can develop both performance and non-performance skills at all levels. 

KS4 students are expected to complete one hour of homework a fortnight, working towards their coursework. The drama and dance studio are available everyday after school for rehearsals. 

There are interventions for both year groups:

Year 10 - Monday after school

Year 11 Drama - Tuesday and Friday after school

Year 11 Dance - Monday after school.

Welcome to Performing Arts.

I am delighted to welcome you to our Performing Arts page. I have been very fortunate to be part of Trafalgar for the last four years, where we have built a great team who are passionate about the students, their subjects and creating aspirational learning environments. Through our practical lessons you will have opportunities to learn new knowledge, work with new people, develop your skills and take charge of your own learning. Whether you are a performer, designer or a combination of both, I hope you come and see all the great things we are doing. We promise you will not regret it! 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Holly Reid – Curriculum Leader -

Samantha Edwards (Teacher of Drama & Dance) -

Ryan Mounteney  Teacher of Music)