KS4 Performing Arts

Performing Arts class at Christleton High School

The Performing Arts department at Christleton aims to provide students with a safe, friendly and creative community in which they can develop and improve their skills.

We firmly believe that the Performing Arts subjects can provide students with unique learning opportunities, where they are encouraged to come to terms with themselves and the world in which they live; to develop intellectually, emotionally and imaginatively, and to engage with their position as a member of society as well as explore other cultures. We hope to nurture and develop creative skills and work on confidence; the Performing Arts subjects can support the development of character and discipline, helping students with their work across many of the other subjects in their curriculum.

We are fortunate to have a thriving Performing Arts department at Christleton High School. In Years 7-9 all students study Music for one hour per week and Drama for one hour per fortnight.

Music in KS3 (Years 7-9) and KS4 (Years 10-11)

Performing Arts class at Christleton High School

Practical sessions in KS3 include composition, ukulele, percussion, keyboard skills and singing. Additionally, we cover music from a wide variety of cultural and historical areas as well as engaging students with the consistent use of music technology to support their learning.

In Year 10, Music is an optional subject for those students wishing to study it at GCSE level. Here the focus is divided between Performing, Composing and Listening. GCSE Music is available to all students who have a passion for the subject, regardless of their practical ability level. Relatively small class sizes and subject specialists make for a very positive experience for students. Our chosen exam board at GCSE level is AQA.

In addition to academic music lessons, there is also a significant provision for extra-curricular music at Christleton High School. We have a team of ten specialist music tutors offering one-to-one weekly, practical tuition in almost any instrument. The cost of these lessons is heavily subsidised by the school. Weekly ensembles include a Concert Band, Choir, Saxophone Group, Flute Group, Clarinet Group, Brass Group, String Group and Guitar Group.

Drama in KS3 (Years 7-9)

Performing Arts class at Christleton High School

In Years 7 and 8 students study drama techniques and strategies in a variety of challenging contexts. Learning in drama develops communication skills, confidence and encourages collaboration and teamwork. Various themes are used as stimuli including ‘Darkwood Manor’ (Haunted House), ‘WWII Evacuation’, ‘Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations’ (Alan Ayckbourn) and ‘Macbeth’.

REACH, a weekly Drama Club for Year 7 & 8 students, is run by a team of sixth form Performing Arts students and is very popular.

Performing Arts in KS4 (Years 10-11)

Students who opt to study the subject in Years 10 & 11, will work towards am AQA Level 2 Technical Award in Performing Arts, over 5 hours per fortnight. Students have the option of focussing on Performance or Production skills and can experience as many or as few of the following as they choose:

Performance Skills options

Production Skills options


Three components are studied throughout the course, as follows:

The course includes exciting theatre trips, learning about the industry and, of course, lots of development of skills culminating in performances and/or designs appropriate to the chosen skill(s).

In addition to academic Performing Arts lessons, there is also a significant provision for extra-curricular Performing Arts at Christleton High School.

Weekly Extra-Curricular Performing Arts Activities

Annual Performing Arts Events

Useful Links

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