Creative & Performing Arts (CPA)

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students rotate around the CPA subjects every half term, these include Drama, Music, Dance,  Resistant Materials , Art & Food Technology. Students receive five hours across two weeks and are taught in mixed ability groups. Whilst many students may have experienced Creative & Performing Arts in their primary schools, many have not been taught the discipline as a separate subject. therefore from Year 7, we provide a foundation course that covers basic skills and work on building individual confidence and teamwork. In Year 8 the aim is to expand on skills already learned in Year 7, by helping the students become a master in them alongside learning new skills for development at KS4 if they opt for one of our subjects.

Homework is set regularly and in a variety of formats, we aim to set at least one piece of written work per half term which will include an evaluation of their final piece of work.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Drama

At Key Stage 4, Performing Arts is taught in option block groups, with three lessons a week. We build upon the confidence gained in Key Stage 3 in both students’ confidence as performers, and as individuals with opinions and analysis skills.

With GCSE examination criteria in mind, they will explore issue based work, texts and further their performance skills. In Year 10 they will complete formal examinations for their controlled assessment and mock examinations of the written paper. In Year 11 students will finalise their controlled assessment marks via an external moderation and will complete their formal end of year written paper, in line with all other GCSE examinations.

Regular teacher assessment, with targets for improvement, are given throughout the year and students are encouraged to self and peer evaluate.