Performing Arts is taught in the school by a team of Arts enthusiasts who specialise in either Drama or Dance. We aim to develop each pupil's theatrical understanding, appreciation and passion for the Performing Arts.

The subject is taught in mixed ability groups with one hour per fortnight at Key Stage three and five hours per two weeks 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 and showcase evenings.

The department offers a wide range of extracurricular activities including KS3 and KS4 Dance and Drama Club. Throughout the academic year several local events including the Lancashire Schools Dance Festival are attended well by our students who give outstanding performances. Close partnerships with Ludas Dance, Burnley Youth Theatre and St. Mary’s College, Blackburn give our students wider opportunities to develop their confidence and stage craft from Year 7.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students work through a variety of topics designed to build on prior knowledge and attainment. Each year is as follows:


Year 7:    Intro to basics of Dance, African Dance, Using a stimulus for Dance
Year 8:    James Bond, Thriller, Swansong – professional work
Year 9:    Introduction to Contemporary Dance, Dance Tek Warriors, Stomp - Use of props in Dance


Year 7:    Intro to Drama skills, The Island – devising Drama, Dartwood Manor - Physical Theatre
Year 8:    Frank Miller – use of props, Joyriding – exploring social issues, Our Day Out – script work
Year 9:    Using stimulus to create Drama, Brecht, Script work - Pendle Witches

Key Stage 4

GCSE Dance

Students who opt for Dance at GCSE study the AQA specification. The course is divided up as follows:
80% Practical  (40% Choreography, 20% Performance, 20% Technical Ability)
20% Theory exam

GCSE Drama

Students who opt for Drama at GCSE study the OCR specification. The course is divided up as follows:
60% Practical – scripted and devised work
40% written – log book and evaluations


The Performing Arts Team

Mrs Wright (Teacher of Dance and Drama)

Mrs Ogden (Teacher of Dance and Drama)

Mrs Mirfield (Teacher of Dance and Drama)

Miss Morehead (Teacher of Dance and Drama)

Ms J Baldwin (Teacher of Dance and Drama)



2015 Exam Results:  Drama A*-C 71%  Dance A*-C 63%


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