The Performing Arts department is a vibrant, energetic and creative area of the academy. The curriculum enhances the imagination of the students through the variety and creativity of Drama, Music and Dance. The Performing Arts department has been recognised in numerous national and local events, competitions and awards and is a popular and thriving department within Stockley Academy.
Key Stage 3
All students within Years 7 and 8 are taught both Drama and Music once a week. Students study a range of Drama genres, relevant topics and acting techniques over the two years. For example students work on improvisations based on topics such as bullying and homelessness, creating a character, working with a variety of stimulus, pantomime and working from scripts.
Each lesson develops the understanding of Drama with a practical approach. Script reading and a variety of subject knowledge is incorporated within the lessons to broaden students' creative ideas. Students are encouraged to audition for the Christmas production and join the Drama Club in order to gain more skills outside the classroom.
Students are rewarded for outstanding performances with ‘Drama Student of the Week’, Merit stickers, badges, postcards and telephone calls home and invitations to extra-curricular trips. The Performing Arts department runs several theatre trips during the school year which Key Stage 3 students are able to attend.
All students study a range of music styles, from classical notation and serialism through to the popular music of the blues, R&B and world traditions. Each lesson develops the understanding of musical written notations and theory with a highly technical practical approach. Students have the option to develop their vocal, guitar, keyboard and percussion skills in every lesson. This is enhanced with private instrumental lessons, if required, and from trips and visits to the Academy from a range of professional performers and ensembles.
Key Stage 4
Students who choose OCR GCSE Drama as one of their options will complete a three-year course. This course explores a variety of aspects of Drama through the opportunity to become a Designer, a Deviser (script writer) and a Performer.
The course is split into three units. 'From Page to Stage' allows students the opportunity to perform their own version of a well-known script. Recent performances have included 'Blood Brothers' and ‘Sparkleshark'. The second unit, 'Drama in the Making' encourages students to design a performance based on a given stimulus. They have full control over the design aspect of their production and are encouraged to take risks in their performances to challenge themselves. The final unit, 'From Concept to Creation', is externally assessed by an OCR examiner and is a chosen theme by OCR which students receive in Year 11.
The GCSE course is engaging, creative and challenging, and allows students the opportunity to let their imagination come to life on the stage.
Students are rewarded for hard work and outstanding performances with badges, postcards and telephone calls home. As a department we think it’s incredibly important that students get to experience professional performances and we run GCSE theatre trips throughout the year which students are encouraged to attend. To enhance student opportunities we have links with St Mary’s University College.
The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music and GCSE Music are popular practical courses within the Academy. The main emphasis of the courses is on music technology within the industry. The units covered across the three years are; solo and ensemble performance, careers and personal development within the music industry, computer hardware and software for musicians and studio recording.
The courses are made up of unit assignments of both written and practical performance tasks. This gives the students the opportunity to perform and work in a variety of groups, musical styles and performance spaces within the Academy.
Students are trained to use and develop their music technology interest through working within the recording studio, using the high specification Cubase computer software and incorporating other curriculum areas within their units. For example, creating music sampling and a live band recording for a music video using the department’s green screen and recording studio.
The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Dance and GCSE Dance are practical courses for those who enjoy dancing and want to broaden their knowledge by learning a range of different dance styles. Over three years students complete three different units in which they are required to perform, choreograph and continually evaluate their work. Students are mainly assessed through practical tasks both in class and by attending extra rehearsals. They are also required to keep a log book of their progress and research for their assignment.
The courses are very enjoyable and students not only develop their skills as dancers and choreographers, but also a range of life skills. In order to achieve in this course it is vital students are organised and committed as they plan their own rehearsals and work with others to share ideas and explore new movement.
Key Stage 5
- The AS level Drama and Theatre Studies course offers students a variety of stimulating activities designed to allow them to study the world of drama and theatre
- Students will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge to be a performer
- Much of the students’ time will be spent working practically with others. Regular attendance and good punctuality are important
- Students will be expected to participate in live performances and to come to rehearsals outside of timetabled lesson time
- Students will also work as individuals, researching material and keeping regular written notes for the controlled assessment
The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology (Production) is a 60-credit and 360-guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of two core units plus four specialist units. The course is equivalent to one A level BTEC. This is a practical course looking in depth at the following unit areas:
Unit 25: Music Production Techniques
Unit 35: Sound Creation and Manipulation
Unit 2: Audio Engineering Principles
Unit 5: Backline Technical Management
Unit 14: Listening Skills for Music Technologists
Unit 26: Music Technology in Performance.
The intention of the course is to prepare students for music college, university and apprenticeships within the music industry. The course prepares students for practical roadie work and instrument building. It also prepares students for working within the music industry either producing, signing artists or publicity.
The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Dance is a 60-credit and 360-guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of two core units and four specialist units. The course is equivalent to one A level.
This is a practical course which allows students to explore a range of different dance styles. Students will look at different dance techniques and will be required to participate in dance classes and after school rehearsals in order to improve their ability as dancers. They will also be set a number of research tasks to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the key gestures of these styles. Students will also keep a log book recording their ongoing progress and continually evaluate their work. Students will have opportunities in which to perform dances and choreograph different pieces.
There are a range of Performing Arts extra-curricular groups, clubs and events that students across the Academy can become involved in depending upon their interests. These are free and are either run by outside agencies or specialist staff within the Performing Arts department.
Each year students are invited to take part in a whole school production involving all three performing arts disciplines. It’s a fantastic opportunity for students to meet new friends outside of their lessons, improve skills such as communication and teamwork skills and moreover develop their confidence and self-esteem.