Performing Arts

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The Team 2019-20                                                         

  • Mr Jonathan Fenton-Vince - Director of Performing Arts / Head of Music
  • Ms Alison Hawley - Head of Drama and Theatre
  • Miss Georgina Stevens - Drama and Theatre
It is the view of the Performing Arts Department staff that every child has an entitlement to an aesthetic education as part of a broad and balanced curriculum, to which they have access under the National Curriculum. At key stage 3, all students participate in Drama and Music lessons every week. At key stage 4, students have the opportunity to take Drama & Theatre GCSE or Music GCSE.

The experience of live music and live performances should be part of every child’s education.

Performing Arts subjects can have a powerful motivational effect, and can help to develop positive attitudes in pupils of all ages and abilities.
We offer music lessons through the company Love Music, where professional musicians come into school to teach their instrument. Love Music offer lessons in guitar, piano, drums and singing. Please contact the Performing Arts Department for more information about the costs of Love Music lessons.


Career Opportunities in Performing Arts

In addition to studying Performing Arts at Higher Education level, a student may find employment opportunities in the caring professions, tourist and heritage industries, teaching, management and business enterprises, all of which welcome skills developed in Performing Arts.

The Performing Arts are fully recognised by the University sector; indeed Performing Arts courses are important examinations in the UK and are among the fastest growing courses


Performance Opportunities

We encourage students to perform in front of an audience right from Year 7. Performing opportunities within college regularly include class performances, assemblies and exam performances in the evenings. 
Every year Dance, Music and Drama students from Key Stage 3-5 are given the opportunity to work together on a full scale production of a musical. Past productions have included “High School Musical” “We will Rock you” “Bugsy Malone” “Grease” “Oliver” and “Annie”.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to study both Drama, Theatre and Music at GCSE.

KS4 - Drama and Theatre

In Year 9 - 11, pupils have the opportunity to study GCSE WJEC Drama. This course will give pupils skills in creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills, understanding and the exercise of the imagination.
Pupils will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. They will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on their own and others' performances.

Course Content and Assessment

UNIT ONE: Devised Practical Performance (40%)
Controlled Assessment
TASK ONE – 10% Devised Performance 
Candidates will devise a practical performance based on a theme set by the exam board, linked to a practitioner or genre. During the rehearsal process candidates will study three different Theatre practitioners:
TASK TWO – 20% Devised Performance Log Book and 10% Evaluation
Candidates will complete a log book on the process of devising the practical work they complete in Task One, under formal supervision. They will also complete a written evaluation of the success of their final performance. 
UNIT TWO: Performance from a Text  (20%)
Candidates will be assessed on their acting, in a scene, from a published play. Pupils can choose any script they feel would be best suited to their acting style. This performance unit is assessed by a visiting examiner.
UNIT THREE: Written Examination  - Interpreting Theatre (40%)
Written Paper: 1½ hours
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an  actor, designer and director and to evaluate and analyse a live piece of theatre seen during the course.

Ks4 - Music

Pearson Edexcel GCSE Music
Studying music requires skill in performance, creativity and imagination and involves real teamwork.  It develops logical thinking and working in an analytical way, qualities which are needed in many lines of work.  It will enable you to continue to develop your own musical interests and abilities through an active involvement in the three musical activities: listening, composing and performing. 
If you don’t already play an instrument it is not too late to start learning at the beginning of Year nine. This is essential for the achievement of high grades.

Course Content and Assessment

Component 1: Performing 
  • 30% 60 marks
  • Solo performance Ensemble performance
  • Minimum duration: 4 minutes
Component 2: Composing
  • 30% 60 marks
  • Two compositions
  • 1. To a brief set by Edexcel
  • 2. Free
Component 3: Appraising (Listening)
  • 40% 80 marks
  • Examination in two sections.
Section one (68 marks)
  • 6 questions related to six of the eight set works learnt.
  • Dictation
  • Aural analysis to unseen piece of music
Section two – extended response (12 marks)
  • 1 question to compare/evaluate a set work and an unseen piece of music 

The GCSE topics and set works are:

Instrumental Music 1700-1820
  • JS Bach: 3rd mov Brandenburg no.5
  • Beethoven: 1st mov Piano sonata no.8
Vocal Music
  • Purcell: Music for a while
  • Queen: Killer Queen
Music for Stage and Screen
  • Schwartx: Defying Gravity (Wicked)
  • Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (Star Wars episode IV)
  • Afro Celt: Release
  • Spalding: Samba Em Preludio
During lessons, we will be practising the four skills of listening, responding, composing & performing.
GCSE Music provides you with the opportunity to gain self-confidence through performing to others, develops team-working skills through performing with others, extends your creative and analytical skills and encourages a focus on continuous evaluation and refinement of work.