Performing Arts

Within the Performance Faculty, our intent is to engage and inspire all students to perform and hone their skills to a professional standard.

Our aim is for them to enjoy their learning with others in order to perform, believe and achieve both in and out of the classroom.

The topics studied allow students to explore and engage with a wide range of social, moral, spiritual and cultural experiences in a safe and supportive learning environment. From Year 7 right through to Sixth Form, students will start to explore skills, from confidence and self-presentation to time management and organisational skills. They will develop the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas and skills. They will learn to cope with constructive criticism and learn from it, which is transferable across the whole school curriculum.

Students have the opportunity to continue their development of the arts with a vast array of extracurricular opportunities throughout the year. Every lesson gives students the opportunity to be creative and imaginative and to challenge themselves - both as a performer and a South Craven Learner.

What will I study?

Year 7

  • Basic acting skills
  • Bullying
  • Problem pages
  • Horrible histories
  • The future and me
  • Commedia dell'arte
  • Dance skills
  • Choreographic devices
  • Motif development
  • Dance around the world
  • Story theatre
  • Music elements
  • Instrumental workshops
  • Songwriting
  • Sequencing

Year 8

As well as Drama, Dance and Music, there will also be a cross-curricular Performing Arts project in Year 8.

  • Persecution
  • Theatre in education
  • Myths and storytelling
  • Evacuees
  • Holidays
  • Dancing through the decades
  • Gangs
  • Rock Challenge (interform competition)
  • Introduction to Musical Theatre dance
  • Blues, soul funk and reggae
  • 1960s
  • The Beatles
  • Advanced songwriting and sequencing

Year 9

  • Developing drama skills
  • Practitioners' working methods and styles
  • Acting genres
  • Devised and scripted work
  • Developing dance skills
  • Choreographers' working methods and styles
  • Dance genres e.g. jazz, contemporary and urban
  • Technical and interpretive skills
  • Dance technique workshops
  • Laying the groundwork for BTEC Level 2 Music
  • Musical theory
  • Individual and ensemble instrumental skills
  • Live performance
  • Using and recording in a studio
  • Sequencing skills
  • Composition
Musical Theatre
  • Acting, dance and singing skills
  • Different styles of musicals
  • Devising work
  • Repertoire
Film and Production
  • Film genres
  • Directors and styles
  • Production and film techniques

Years 10 & 11

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Job roles, performance and production elements)
  • Component 2: Deveoping Skills and Techniques (Characterisation, vocal expression, physical expression, interpretation)
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief (Responding to a brief, selecting skills and evaluation)
  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Job roles, performance and production elements)
  • Component 2: Deveoping Skills and Techniques (Basic dance actions, choreographic devices, dance genres)
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief (Responding to a brief, selecting skills and evaluation)
  • Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles (Understand, perform, compose and record a variety of music styles)
  • Component 2: Music Skills Development (Developing a portfolio containing evidence that documents knowledge and understanding)
  • Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Music Brief (Focus on an area of the music industry and respond to a commercial brief)
Musical Theatre
  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (Job roles, performance, production elements)
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques (Vocal tone, expression, characterisation, genres, workshops)
  • Component 3: Responding to a Brief (Responding to a brief, selecting skills, evaluation)

How will I be assessed?

Exam Board: Pearson
  • Practical evidence
  • Coursework
  • Externally assessed work

What else can I get involved in?

There will be a wide variety of extracurricular clubs which start in January each year.

Keep your eyes peeled for our new associates programme launching soon!

What career could I have with a qualification in Performing Arts?

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Dance
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Photography and Film

Careers which require a Performing Arts qualification include:

  • Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Drama Therapist
  • Music Producer
  • Music Therapist
  • Theatre Director

Career Card

Within each of the spaces we have an interactive career noticeboard specific to different areas of the arts. Please visit our Wall of Fame outside the Fells Theatre to see pathways our ex-students have taken.

Performing Arts Kit

Year 7 & 8
Compulsory Optional


  • Clean indoor trainers (any colour)
  • Dance shoes
  • This is compulsory for all Dance and Drama lessons. Students cannot dance in socks or tights. 
  • Plain black leggings
  • PE shorts

It is not compulsory for students to get changed in Dance or Drama, however they may wish to bring the above for Dance lessons.

Years 9, 10 & 11
Compulsory Optional
  • Red short-sleeved polo shirt
  • Plain black shorts OR joggers OR non-see-through leggings

Students are required to wear the above (PE Kit) for Dance and Musical Theatre lessons. All students participating in physical movement work must wear either clean indoor trainers (any colour), dance shoes or have bare feet.

Students can purchase black performance t-shirts and/or hoodies if they wish. 

Payment is processed via ParentPay.

These can be worn in all Dance and Musical Theatre lessons as well as extracurricular clubs.

It is compulsory that students wear their appropriate performance kit, even when excused from physical activities (so they can choreograph, direct and assist in the lesson). If students forget their performance kit they will be required to borrow a clean spare kit.
Health & Safety

Jewellery must not be worn in any performance lessons. Long hair is to be tied back with a hair bobble.

The Performance Press

We aim to raise awareness among students, parents, guardians and the wider community about opportunities in the Arts.

We are incredibly lucky to have an abundance of talented students here at South Craven, therefore we thought we would create 'The Performance Press,' a platform to showcase experiences available to students both in and out of school!


Our previous students have progressed to further study at various Performing Arts schools, universities and conservatoires around the world, before starting a career in the industry. 

See below for examples of where our students have studied and where they have appeared!

Laine Bird College Rose Bruford College Ackley Bridge Peel Arden Game of Thrones SLP College Leeds Conservatoire Fiver Northern Ballet Yank PO Cruises Jersey Boys Jamie Butlin Northern School of Contemporary Dance Mountview Rock and Chips Emmerdale Rent Institute Arts