Performing Arts Department

dep per artThe Performing Arts Department offers courses in Drama and Music, for GCSE and A-Level:


In KS3 Drama is taught in Y7 as part of a carousel with Technology and includes an introductory module in which students learn skills in Greek Theatre, Physical Comedy and Melodrama while building team working skills. In Y8 students receive a dedicated hour of Drama. This hour a week provides them with a deeper experience of learning in Drama while also providing a platform for further study at GCSE and beyond. Four 10 week schemes are taught in Improvisation, Page to Stage, Storytelling Theatre and Shakespeare and Text Study. Lessons are very practical in nature and the building of understanding key concepts and skills is supported by an accompanying logbook to help students reflect on work and become familiar with key terminology and skills of analysis and evaluation.

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 GCSE and A-level Drama

Drama is currently offered at GCSE in Long Thin and Short Fat and students follow the WJEC exam board. At A-level students follow AQA. To find out more about GCSE and A-level Drama courses please click on the PDF links below.

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Extra-curricular Drama

There are many extra-curricular opportunities for students at Notre Dame. Each December the Whole School Christmas Production is a particular highlight of the year and allows students to work together on a high quality production (this year the school is presenting Cole Porter’s Anything Goes on 30 November - 3rd December) while in June there is a Performing Arts Showcase which is a special evening bringing together work in Drama, Dance and Music that emerges out of lunchtime and after school clubs. These clubs run throughout the year and give students opportunities to explore Drama beyond the classroom. There are also frequent trips to theatre (both local and afar) for GCSE and A-level students to see high quality work, while in July there is a residential Performing Arts trip to London on which students of Music and Drama see a range of West End Musicals, attend workshops and experience the cultural highlights of our capital city (e.g. A tour of The National of Globe Theatres).

Here are a few pictures from our annual Drama productions.

Guys and Dolls 2014:

Back to the Eighties 2013:

How you can help your child in Drama:
Take an interest in their work, encourage them to get involved in extra-curricular clubs and productions and drama clubs outside school to support their studies. Encourage them to see live work either as part of school trips or otherwise. At GCSE and A-level it can be helpful if you engage with the relevant specifications.

Exam Results

Information on exam results 2015 can be found by clicking here:


and downloading the document entitled 'Exam Performance Data 2015'


GCSE Music

Y9 Music GCSE starts with introductions to the course, Ground Bass project, Compound time project and a solo performance. To find out more about GCSE Music please click on the PDF below.

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How you can help your child in Music:
Please encourage your son/daughter to practice their instrument at home; listen to all types of music and generally be enthusiastic about their musical interests.

Notre Dame has a very active music department. Here are a few images of our performances (click to enlarge):


Exam Results

Information on exam results 2015 can be found by clicking here:


and downloading the document entitled ‘Exam Performance Data 2015’

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Head of Performing Arts Department: Mr S Pender -
Drama: Mr T Mitchell -
Music: Mr A Ward -

Last modified onWednesday, 22 March 2017 14:39
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