Performing Arts

Dance, Drama and Music

In spite of its small size, the Performing Arts Department aims to make a significant impact on the cultural life of the academy. We offer our students a diverse and wide range of stimuli which inspire them to develop their awareness, creativity, sensitivity, empathy and imagination. We encourage our students to develop both their collaborative skills along with their ability to work independently using their own initiative. We offer them a number of opportunities to devise their own pieces, to interpret existing works and to create work based on a specific genre, musical style or practitioner.

We have dedicated spaces for all three subjects including a Drama Studio and Dance Studio and specialist classrooms for music, which are equipped with keyboards, computers and specialist music software, alongside three practice rooms and a recording studio featuring Pro Tools software.

We also offer a wealth of activities for the students to participate in after school, including theatre trips, performance evenings, Drama groups, school plays, Trinity Singers, Samba Band, Guitar Club and Rock Band.

Students in KS3 have one period of Performing Arts per week. This rotates in a termly carousel between Drama, Dance and Music. In KS4, Y9 GCSE students have two lessons per week and Y10 and Y11 students have three lessons a week. At KS5, students have five lessons per week.

Key Stage 3

Our Key Stage 3 course offers our pupils a range of experiences which cover many different areas of the performing arts. We aim for our students to:

  • Develop skills in devising, performance, composition, choreography, stave notation, graphic scores, critical appreciation and appraisal of professional works and of work by peers, keyboard and guitar skills and dramatic genres.
  • Develop knowledge of a variety of performance styles and to participate in a number of practical workshops covering various themes and stimuli.
  • Understand key terms and vocabulary of the Performing Arts.
  • Build and maintain self-confidence and self-discipline.
  • Allow teamwork to flourish in a practical and creative way.
  • Be educated in safe working practices in a practical and technical environment.
  • See live performance in both a critical and a life-enhancing way.

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Dance

Component 1 (60%):

 Performance and Choreography

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration).
  • Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration).
  • Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes).

Component 2 (40%):

Dance Appreciation

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work
  • Critical appreciation of professional work

Edexcel GCSE Drama

Component 1 (40%):

Devising

  • Create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus.
  • Performance of this devised piece or design realisation.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance through a 2000 word Portfolio.

Component 2 (20%):

Performance from Text

  • Students will either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a performance text.

Component 3 (40%):

Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text.

Live theatre evaluation.

 

Edexcel GCSE Music

Component 1 (30%):

Performing

  • Students perform for at least four minutes’ combined duration.
  • Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces.
  • Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces.

Component 2 (30%):

Composing

  • Students compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration.
  • One composition to a brief set by Pearson, of at least one minute in duration.
  • One free composition set by the student, of at least one minute in duration.

Component 3 (40%):

Appraising

  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Section A – Areas of study, dictation, and unfamiliar pieces:
  • Six questions related to six of the eight set works.
  • One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
  • One question on an unfamiliar piece (skeleton score provided) with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.
  • Section B – Extended response comparison between a set work and one unfamiliar piece.

Key Stage 5

AQA A-Level Dance

Component 1 (50%):

Performance and Choreography

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study.
  • Performance in a quartet.
  • Group choreography.

Component 2 (50%):

Critical Engagement

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.
  • One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
  • One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.

 

Edexcel A-Level Drama and Theatre

Component 1 (40%):

Devising

  • Use one key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner as stimuli in order to devise an original performance piece.
  • Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance through a 3,000-word Portfolio.

Component 2 (20%):

Text in Performance

  • A group performance/design realisation of one key extract from a performance text.
  • A monologue or duologue performance/design realisation from one key extract from a different performance text.

Component 3 (40%):

Theatre Makers in Practice

  • Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Section A: Live Theatre Evaluation. Students answer one extended response question from a choice of two requiring them to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen in light of a given statement.
  • Section B: Page to Stage: Realising a Performance Text. Students answer two extended response questions based on an unseen extract from the performance text they have studied.
  • Section C: Interpreting a Performance Text. Students will answer one extended response question from a choice of two based on an unseen named section from their chosen performance text.

Edexcel A-Level Music

Component 1 (30%):

Performing

  • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
  • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
  • The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.

Component 2 (30%):

Composing

  • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief.
  • One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
  • One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration.
  • Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

Component 3 (40%):

Appraising

  • One written paper of 2 hours.
  • Section A: Areas of study and dictation. Three questions related to the set works and one short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
  • Section B: Extended response. Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract and essay two gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work.
  • Each option will be from a different area of study.