Welcome to the Performing Arts Department

MUSIC

Music at Pittville school is based in the Performing Arts Centre which houses the music classroom, a music technology suite, and three peripatetic teaching rooms. We also use the school hall for some rehearsals and concerts. Our vision is to create confident, creative and resilient learners who can collaborate successfully with others to produce innovative and imaginative work. Our aim is to inspire, challenge and excite our students about what is possible in Music.

Our mission is to nurture talent and to inspire high quality music making. Learning in the classroom traces the history of music in classical, popular and world genres, strengthened by a wider experience of music in the community and the music profession. The curriculum challenges musicianship, technical skill and intellectual application through diversity, detail and high expectations. We want students to have high aspirations for themselves, to be respectful of others and to understand the responsibilities that come with working as part of a team. Our intention is to create reflective learners who can evaluate and analyse their work honestly and critically in order to make progress. We will also provide students with opportunities to take part in Music and Musical Theatre performances beyond the classroom to build their self-confidence and generate skills and experiences they can carry forward into adult life. With this in mind, we can offer our students playing opportunities through our extracurricular activities. This includes weekly clubs and rehearsals for Choir, Guitar Groups, Keyboard Club and Band practice. We have a team of peripatetic musicians that teach a variety of instruments such as piano, percussion, wind, strings and vocal skills.

DRAMA

We are incredibly proud to offer a full and varied drama curriculum at both KS3 and KS4 at Pittville, including aspects of practical, technical and theoretical drama and performance. We pride ourselves on our fantastic facilities – A fully operational studio space, a rehearsal space and a theory classroom that students use for lessons, clubs and rehearsals.

As well as developing performance and design skills, our curriculum at KS3 enables students to build soft skills such as confidence, problem solving, team work and communication. Students look at a range of texts as well as devising techniques and genres of theatre to ensure they have a clear and broad knowledge of theatre and how theatre is made. They also have the opportunity to create their own performances as either an actor or technician to enable students to have a rounded view of what drama involves. Students study aspects of production, such as costume, set, sound design and lighting and gain experience of creating and executing these elements in performance. At KS4, our students follow the AQA GCSE examination route and complete modules in script, devising and performance study, where students get the opportunity to study acting, directing and designing. Please see our attached curriculum map for year 7 to get an idea of what students are studying this year.

We are also incredibly proud to offer fantastic extra-curricular opportunities for all year groups. Each year, students can perform in our winter and summer concerts through our drama club as well as take part in our annual school show. Some of our previous performances include The Addam’s Family, Hairspray and Bugsy Malone. We encourage students to take ownership of the school shows, and we have cast and crew from all year groups who take part either as actors, sound and lighting designers and technicians, costume and make-up or stage management teams. We also have excellent links with our local theatres and provide opportunities for students to go and watch live theatre throughout the academic year. We were able to take our GCSE students to London in the last academic year to experience London’s West End performances as well as attend workshops with professional actors. We also ran our first Performing Arts trip to New York at the beginning of 2020 for GCSE students studying music, drama, dance and art. They were able to experience Broadway theatres as well as meet industry professionals and enjoy some sightseeing. This is something we are hoping to offer for GCSE students again in 2022.