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Performing Arts Faculty


Drama Department


Key Stage 3:

As a department we firmly believe that drama should be seen as an academic, yet practical experience. Your son will study a range of genres, performance styles and themes which would help prepare him for the transition to GCSE.

We explore Shakespeare, Greek Theatre, Physical and Epic Theatre as part of our cultural and historical context. We also look explore current events and themes as part of our documentary theatre component.

We believe that drama can be used as a vehicle to develop life skills such as team work, problem solving, confidence and self-reflection. 


Key Stage 4:

GCSE drama consists of three components, including a final exam:

Component 1 – Devising Drama 30%

Students will be given 10 pieces of stimulus that will be a song, an image, a person, poem, etc. Students must chose a stimulus and create a performance that can last between 5-15mins long.

Students will be assessed on:

A. Their performance.

B. A portfolio with evidence of the process and the decisions they made throughout the process.

C. Evaluation of their own group work.

Component 2 – Presenting and Performing Text 30%

Students will choose a text and perform two scenes.

An external examiner will visit the centre to assess the final performances.

Component 3 – Performance and Response 40%

This is the final exam.  It is a written exam split into two main areas:

1. Students must study a performance text sent from the exam board.  This section will have short and medium length answers that will assess the knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed and performed.

2. Students must analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen using accurate subject specific terminology.

Music Overview

During Key Stage 3 your son will be exploring many styles of music from all over the world. He will be taught the basics of music and how to compose and perform in front of an audience. He will be given the opportunity to perform in major events like the ‘Young Voices’ concert as well as taking part in the many extracurricular activities offered in school like visiting the philharmonic hall and orchestra in Media City. For those who wish to do so, private instrumental lessons are also offered on the piano, guitar, drum kit, African drums, brass and more recently, Stomp! We have a lively department here at Burnage and look forward to welcoming your son into our world of music!

During Key Stage 4, having chosen GCSE music, your son will explore music from 1600 through to modern day. He will delve into the history of music and learn how it has developed over the ages. He will also use this new found knowledge to compose music in certain styles and try to recapture the ambience of the Classical period or the thumping pulse of modern day Dance music. He will also learn to play an instrument. He can choose which instrument he’d like to study and will be taught in a private setting in preparation for his GCSE performance.  Many extracurricular activities are also offered to GCSE students to help them with their studies like going to hear the Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse in Media City. Music is a vibrant department with lots to learn and do and it is the confidence and moral qualities that music can bring to a student that makes it a great subject to study!


Art and Design Department 

In Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 art, craft and design lessons, pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. They work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of art, craft and design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.

Pupils who study Key Stage Four Art and Design work towards a GCSE Art and Design qualification throughout years 10 and 11. Pupils can develop ideas and explore practical outcomes by responding to project briefs which reflect a vocational, client-orientated context. Pupils focus on developing their practical, design and creative skills through working on coursework during their lessons and for their homework. The skills that pupils learn in completing their coursework prepare them for their exam during year 11.


Staff List

Head of Arts and Performance – Ms. A Boyd

Teacher of Drama – Mr. R Lawther

Head of Art – Ms. J Spencely

Art Teacher – Mr. B Sumner

Head of Music – Ms. L Durici


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