Performing Arts Curriculum Intent

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  - Albert Einstein

At Blessed Trinity we strongly believe that imagination and creativity are essential attributes for our young people to become successful in today’s changing world.

Performing Arts is taught in the school by a team of Arts enthusiasts who specialise in Drama and Dance. We aim to develop each pupil's theatrical understanding, appreciation and passion for the Performing Arts. Essential life skills are also explored and developed, including confidence, team building, creative thinking, communication and public speaking.

All of these transferable skills are necessary for successes in further education and employment.
The subject is taught in mixed ability groups with one hour per fortnight at Key Stage three and five hours per fortnight at Key Stage four.

We are lucky to have a state of the art dance studio and theatre with excellent lighting and sound facilities which are used with all students when completing assessments along with school productions, competitions and showcase evenings.

The department offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including KS3 and KS4 Dance and Drama Clubs.  Academies are also run for both Dance and Drama which provide opportunities for our elite performers to work with professionals and develop their talents. We also hold an annual school show at Burnley Mechanics allowing any pupil to experience the world of professional musical theatre.  We are proud to have a yearly Performer of the Year Award which recognises and rewards individual and group submission in Dance, Drama and Music. We have a close working relationship with several Arts providers including freelance professionals, Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley College and Thomas Whitham Sixth Form.

At Key Stage 3 students work through a variety of topics designed to build on prior knowledge and develop further understanding of key skills and concepts. These are explored through a range of current themes and link to cross curriculum study.  


Curriculum Overviews

The curriculum overview for Dance

The curriculum overview for Drama

The curriculum overview provides a high level guide to the subject matter taught, this also links to the detailed subject learning plan for each year group.

Click anywhere on the overview to see the more detailed learning plan.


GCSE Dance

The course is divided into theory (40%) where pupils study six professional works and different skills required in the dance profession. The practical aspect (60 %) is an amalgamation of choreography, performance and technical elements.

GCSE Drama

The course is divided into written exam (40%) where students study a set text and live theatre review. The performance aspect covers pupils devising their own work in response to a stimulus and the performance of two extracts from a play.


The Performing Arts Team

Mrs R. Wright (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs R. Pagliuca (Curriculum Leader of Performing Arts)

Mrs J. Baldwin