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Performing Arts

We are proud to say that we have an outstanding history of Performing Arts here at The Hayfield School. Many of our past students work in radio, television and theatre and a number have attended Drama schools in London.

During your Performing Arts lessons we aim to inspire your imagination, to encourage you to work well and communicate with others and to provide opportunities for you to explore the world through a range of fun, active lessons.

The subject will mainly focus on the following disciplines:

Performance – Music, Drama, Dance

Production – Composition, Devising, Choreography, Original Writing, Stage Management

Enrichment / Extra-Curriculum

  • Perform, a club for those that want to build on the skills and experiences of timetabled Performing Arts lessons.
  • Opportunities for students who wish to develop back-stage and technical abilities. 
  • Live theatre trips
  • Community performances (for example, to local care homes)
  • External performances with Doncaster Music Hub and other agencies
KS3 Performing Arts 

Subject Objective 

For all students we aim to use the Performing Arts as a tool to help develop confident, creative individuals. The skills that they develop will help them to achieve elsewhere in their school life and beyond. For some students the Performing Arts - whether as a musician, actor or dancer - will become a life-long passion fuelled by the exciting formative experiences we offer.
Performing Arts is taught as a discreet subject, by specialist staff for one full hour per week. Pupils start with an introduction to the core skills of Music, Dance and Drama including;

  • Performance techniques in all three areas
  • Working with script
  • Devising and improvising
  • Collaborative skills & rehearsal discipline
  • Production & stage management

The topics students may encounter and explore throughout the key stage include;

Year 7:

  • The origins and importance of the Performing Arts in a range of cultures
  • Performing as part of an ensemble in music, dance and drama
  • The benefits of the Performing Arts for mental health and wellbeing
  • Musical Theatre (Oliver!, Matilda, The Lion King)

Year 8:

  • Music production & advertising
  • Self-expression through the Performing Arts
  • Musical Theatre (Shrek the Musical)
  • Responding to a performance brief
  • World dance styles

Year 9:

  • Theatre in Education
  • Set texts in all three disciplines – such as Blood Brothers (Willy Russell), West Story (Leonard Bernstein & Jerome Robbins), Phoenix Dance Theatre
  • Silent movies and melodrama
  • Scripted and devised performance


Performing Arts at KS3 is predominantly practical but written and line learning homework as well as individual rehearsal will be set when appropriate.

KS4 Performing Arts 

KS4 Performing Arts – AQA Level 1/2 Technical Award Performing Arts

The KS4 Performing Arts course is ideally suited to learners who like to apply their knowledge and understanding to solving real world problems. Technical awards are tailed towards specific career areas and all have a focus on creativity.

Course content:

Learners will complete three mandatory units (one externally assessed and two internally assessed).

Unit 1: Unlocking creativity (internally assessed)

Learners will be asked to come up with a performance idea based on guidance from a range of practitioner DVDs. Learners will understand, plan and deliver the activities required to put on a successful performance including business planning and pitching. Learners will produce a portfolio of research, planning and ideas to enable them to put on a performance. They will then go on to pitch this idea as a group to camera. A short extract of the performance idea will also be presented.

Unit 2: The production/performance (internally assessed)

Learners will work towards producing a performance to an audience based on a list of five briefs. Learners will choose a minimum of two disciplines from either a list of performance roles including acting, dancing, singing, instrumental musician, musical theatre, variety performance, pantomime, physical theatre and circus skills or a list of production roles including costume, set design, properties, make-up, lighting, sound, stage, original writing, directing, choreography, PR and film production.

Unit 3: The performing arts experience (externally assessed)

Learners will draw on knowledge and understanding from units 1 and 2 and also from:

  • roles and responsibilities within the performing arts industry
  • the role of performing arts in society
  • approaches to rehearsal
  • working as a deviser/performer/director
  • marketing and public relations
  • health and safety
  • design and technical elements
  • reviewing performances.

The synoptic nature of this unit allows learners to respond to a range of questions designed to assess their knowledge across the performing arts.

This vocational qualification fulfils entry requirements for academic and vocational study post-16.

  • Mrs C Hunt - Subject Leader of Performing Arts
  • Miss R Leigh - Dance
  • Mr P Thundercliffe - Drama/English and Y10/11 Key Stage Leader


For further information please contact Mrs C Hunt (Subject Leader) via the school telephone number 01302 770589 or via email at