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Performing Arts

The department is an inclusive, stimulating environment, in which students are encouraged to fulfil their potential by way of acquiring and developing new skills and experiences within the framework of explaining, improvisation, rehearsal and performance.

Staff:

  • Mr C. Tierney - Head of Performing Arts
  • Ms L. Tobias - Drama Teacher, Head of Year 11
  • Mrs C. Thompson - Head of Music
  • Miss S. Downs - Dance and Year 9 Co-ordinator
  • Mrs A. Hewitt - Drama and Media 

Follow us on Twitter: @UptonHighDrama

Email the department: performingarts@uptonhigh.co.uk

Trinity Arts Award Bronze: 66 students gained this prestigious, nationally recognised award giving us 100% pass rate. Well done to all students! All students in KS3 are given the opportunity to gain the Arts Award Bronze.

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Performing Arts is studied using the methods of making, performing and responding as core elements and students achieve levels ranging from level 3 to level 6.

Year 7
The projects in Year 7 introduce some key concepts in Performing Arts. They are designed to set a foundation for development and progression during the rest of KS3. Bullying, Storytelling, Circus, Text and Character.

Year 8
The projects in Year 8 are aimed at continuing to develop the key concepts in Performing Arts and building on skills in making and performing. Slapstick, Peer pressure, Shoplifting and Script.

KS4

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance)

Subject:

Performing Arts

Qualification Type:

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award

Exam Board:

Pearson

Subject Teachers:

Mr C. Tierney, Ms L. Tobias, Miss C. Thompson, Miss S Downs.

Course Description

This is a highly practical course, in which you provide evidence for your work in a variety of ways. Your evidence for all types of assessment might be; a performance, a video diary, a log book, a power point presentation, a lecture demo or any combination from this list. The two core units are Individual Showcase and Preparation, Performance and Production. The three mandatory units are: Acting-Musical Theatre and Dance, of which you choose to specialise in one. The course provides a broad, balanced introduction to performing arts and keeps all possible progression pathways open.

Assessment Format

There is one externally assessed unit, which are worth 25% of the course. The Individual Showcase requires each learner to perform an audition piece and to write a letter of application. There is still 75% of the course that has assignments set and assessed by the teacher.
The assessment levels are:

  • Unclassified
  • Level One
  • Level Two Pass
  • Level Two Merit
  • Level Two Distinction

The Award is equivalent to a GCSE levels 9 - 4.

8 is equal to a distinction, 6 a merit and 4 is a pass.

Possible Progression (including careers and further education)

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts provides a good foundation for learners in post-16 education. It provides suitable foundation for further study within the sector through progression to qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Performing Arts. Successful learners at level 2 may also consider general qualifications at level 3, such as AS or A levels in Drama and Theatre Studies. The qualification does reflect the needs of employers and further and higher education institutions.

You should consider this course if:

  • You enjoy and appreciate performance
  • You enjoy working in a group
  • You enjoy exploring ideas creatively
  • You want to develop your self-confidence, concentration, self-discipline and communication skills

You should not consider this course if:

  • You see it as a soft option
  • You cannot appreciate the value of team-work and group responsibility
  • You think less writing means less work

We run regular theatre visits each term across a broad spectrum of genres, venues and theatre companies and also offer a Performing Arts trip to the USA every two years. In a packed 6 days students see two Broadway shows and participate in 2 specifically tailored drama workshops as well as experiencing some of the many cultural opportunities our area has to offer. Our aim is to foster a life-long love of performance and theatre, and to assist the cultural and ethical development of each individual..

6th Form

Pearson Level 3 Extended Certificate

We want students to have an inspiring experience of A-level Drama and Theatre.

This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding.

Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and work on performances.

Students choose to develop as a:

  • Performer
  • Designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
  • Director
  • Combination of these.

Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Homework Policy

Homework takes the form of research, learning of lines, gathering of performance materials and costume. At KS4 and 5, there are additional written work requirements e.g. Exploration notes and Live Performance Reviews.

Extra-Curricular

The Performing Arts department runs a Performing Arts Experience to the USA, where students see two Broadway shows and participate in workshops run by Broadway actors and dancers. In addition, we visit many local theatres on a regular basis and invite visiting theatre companies into school to support our students.

The Performing Arts department also initiated the German Exchange to Hanns Seidel Gymnasium in 2013. The department regularly participates in the Shakespeare School Festival, and each year joins the Media department in a joint trip to London which involves visiting the National Theatre and watching a West End show.

The department leads the annual school production, a cross-curricular, inclusive event, including a residential production weekend. Past productions have included:

  • Dracula Spectacular
  • Roman Invasion of Ramsbottom
  • About Time
  • Smike
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Grease
  • Chess
  • Fame
  • West Side Story
  • Les Miserables
  • Oliver
  • Copacabana
  • Disco Inferno
  • We Will Rock You
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Back To The 80’s
  • Buddy
  • Beauty & The Beast
  • Aida
  • Hairspray
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Grease
  • Ghost the Musical
  • Billy Elliot the Musical
  • Sister Act (2018)

Shakespeare Schools Festival

We also participate annually in the prestigious National Shakespeare Schools Festival and have performed the following plays in local theatres such as Theatr Clywd, The Brindley, The Floral Pavilion and The Epstein:

  • The Comedy of Errors
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • As you like it
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • Twelfth Night
  • Much ado about nothing
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Julius Ceasar
  • Henry V
  • Measure for Measure (2018)