The Performing Arts department is a high achieving, dynamic environment where pupils study Dance and Drama. We strive in Performing Arts to aid students’ personal development by offering experiences, which enriches their academic career and enables new perspectives on the world we live in.
The department boasts three dedicated studios with specialised equipment. Students are taught by a well qualified team of staff who have studied the Arts to degree level and beyond. All of the staff have worked professionally in the field or have been part of amateur companies. We have fully qualified and professionally recognised Speech and Drama and Dance teachers.
Students have access to an extensive enrichment curriculum, which includes productions at Romiley Forum, workshops with professional companies and extra courses such as the Arts Award.
KS3: Expressive Arts: Dance and Drama
At Key Stage 3 students are taught both Dance and Drama as part of an Expessive Arts’ curriculum. They have three lessons a fortnight.
Each year has a particular focus:
The main focus of the year is to allow students to develop Personal and Thinking Skills (PLTS) such as creative thinking and working as a team. It is about developing a student’s confidence as well introducing them to the subjects of Dance and Drama. Basic techniques such as Thought Tracking, role play (drama), unison and contrast (Dance) are taught.
The focus will be developing the skills learnt in Year 7. The processes students go through to make a piece of dance or drama is made more apparent. Opportunities for Student Leadership is available in most lessons. Some students will develop these leadership skills towards an Arts Award. This is a national qualification offered by the Arts' Council.
Assessment: Although students will work towards assessment based projects they will use Self/Peer/Teacher feedback in all expressive Arts lessons as it helps students to understand the subject content and make progress.
Throughout KS3 Schemes of work aim to provide links to the Core British Values that the school promote.
Year 9, 10 and 11
Students can opt for both Dance and Drama at Key Stage 4. Year 9 provides a foundation year for students. Through project work and skills workshops, students will develop the skills required to be successful in achieving the highest grades at GCSE/BTEC.
We offer the following courses at KS4;
- BTEC Performing Arts (ACTING)
- GCSE Dance
Students should wear a practical kit for each lesson:
- An official Werneth School PE top or official Expressive Arts’ top
Black practical bottoms: sport shorts or tracksuit bottoms or School PE tracksuit
- bottoms or shorts
- Bare feet
- If a student can’t bring their kit or have an injury, please write a note in their planner. All students will usually be able to take part in some part of the lesson even if injured.
Extra Curricular Events
We have several Dance and Theatre companies who take part in a variety of events inside and out of school. In the last year, students have performed at The Contact Theatre, Manchester, Romiley Forum, Lyme Park Stockport Schools’ Shakespeare Festival, local primary schools and has their work shown at Salford University.
- IMAGE 10 Theatre company (Year 10/11 Drama)
- WG4 Dance company (girls: all years)
- Boys’ WALK Dance company (boys: Year 7 - 10)
- Crea8 Theatre Company (Years 7 - 9)
There are also several ‘one off’ extra curricular projects that are again open to all students. These are usually advertised during form times. Events include:
- Annual Production at Romiley Forum
- Papa Panov – Christmas production for Year 7
- Aladdin – Christmas production for Year 9
- Dance and Drama Performance Evenings
- National Schools’ Shakespeare Festival at the Contact Theatre, Manchester
- Stockport Schools’ Drama Festival
- Stockport Schools’ Dance Festival
Any enquiries about Performing Arts can be made by emailing the address below...