Performing Arts

Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Stewart

Performing Arts is the home to dance, drama and music and integrated Performing Arts. Performing Arts helps to develop social awareness and ultimately develops the confidence and skills of young people.


In Year 7, students take part in discrete subjects of dance, drama and music. Year 7 students will have the opportunity to be selected for the Dance Scholarship course which will allow students to develop practical dance skills as well as obtaining a Level 1 qualification in Dance Leadership.

In Year 8 and 9, students follow the Performance Studies programme, which includes termly lessons of dance, drama and music.


At Key Stage 4 students can opt for the BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts. This qualification allows students to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by studying acting, dance or musical theatre. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs.

KS4 Performing Arts is a highly successful course with student’s achievements significantly exceeding National Averages.


The Performing Arts department offers a large range of extra-curricular activities to students including weekly rehearsals for Dance Live and Let’s Dance, limbering and dance technique development lessons, Performing Arts club, TEA Shakesfest Company, Peripatetic tuition from County Music Service, as well as BTEC Portfolio clinics. Students are also given the opportunity to take part in the KS3 or KS4 showcases and can take part in the school musical at Christmas.


As well as the extra-curricular activities, students are also able to take part in a range of theatre trips (Congress Theatre, The Royal Ballet Summer Showcases, The Hawth Theatre) and Eastbourne Youth Radio.