At St Mary’s, it is paramount that all our pupils are engaged and motivated by the subject. It is believed in the department that pupils should enjoy participating in practical performance activities, allowing their own light to shine. As well as this each individual’s creativeness should be fully stretched and challenged, through a range of topics and units. Pupils will be supported to achieve high levels of progress in their learning as young performers in a safe, caring and enthusiastic environment.


Mrs Watson Curriculum Leader for Expressive Arts
Miss Burbidge Teacher of English
Miss Donnelly Teacher of English

In year 9 all pupils have the opportunity to opt to study dance or drama for 1 period per week.

In Year 9 all pupils have the opportunity to opt to study the Performing Arts technical award in KS4.

The following units are studied at KS4.

Pupils have 2 lessons per week in year 10 and 3 lessons per week in year 11.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 9



Year 9



Year 10

Exploring the Perfoming Arts Exploring the Perfoming Arts Developing Skills and Techniques in the Perfroming Arts

Year 11

Developing Skills and Techniques in the Perfroming Arts Performing to a Brief Performing to a Brief

Extra-curricular activities and visits

Each year we have numerous concerts and a bi-annual production combined with the Music Department, which feature the choir as well as smaller ensembles and soloists. Standards are always exceptionally high and are another indication of the wealth of talent we have. As well as the main concerts there are also other opportunities to perform throughout the year whether it be externally or at school events such as awards evening and the numerous masses held in school and at our associated church, St Mary’s. We also have a worship group who perform and lead singing in year group worship on a regular basis. Pupils can also perform in a more informal setting during our performances in the reception area around Christmas and the end of term at lunchtime.