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Performing Arts

Head of Department

Mrs K Marchant

Subject Teachers

Mr G Bowden Teacher of Music
Ms Z Hadok-Quadrio Teacher of Music
Miss R Tarrant Teacher of Music
Miss C Wheeler Teacher of Dance and Performing Arts

Our Curriculum Intent

Our objective in the Performing Arts department is to nurture passionate, imaginative and inquisitive individuals, who see the world from an artistic perspective, enjoying and exploring past and present art forms from a variety of different cultures. 

The Performing Arts curriculum prepares students to become independent and creative individuals. A range of topics allow students to develop an understanding and appreciation of the arts formed in a contemporary society and throughout the world. These themes are explored through a range of different creative styles, practitioners and mediums. 

Furthermore, the Performing Arts curriculum promotes a sense of self-worth, encourages confidence, resilience and develops relationships.

What Will Students Learn In Each Year?

The links below give a detailed breakdown of what is taught in the the curriculum for each year.

Accommodation and resources

Teaching is divided into three flexible spaces - two music rooms and a drama studio. The music rooms are equipped with new mac computers, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, 4 large marimbas, 2 drum kits, a grand piano and a wide range of world percussion, including specialist African and Latin American instruments and a range of classroom percussion. There are 3 practice rooms each with a piano.

The drama studio is a large flexible space complete with professional staging, full lighting rig and specialist technical control room with lighting and sound desks. There are a range of drama resources available for use in lessons such as staging blocks, trestle masks, neutral masks and a fully stocked costume and props cupboard. 

Extra curricular activities

The department provides an extensive range of extra curricular activities, catering for every age group and ability. Sessions that currently take place include weekly rehearsals for Orchestra, Jazz Band, Samba Band, Flute & Recorder Ensemble, Fulston Singers (Choir), Senior Vocal Group, Fulston Dance Company and Fulston Youth Theatre. 

The Department takes part in a huge number of events each year - within the school these include two music concerts, a carol concert, Sixth Form musical, plays, a GCSE Drama evening and an A level recital evening. We are also regularly invited to perform at other events throughout the County: The Samba Band undertakes workshops at schools and community events, For the last three years the choir has undertaken a day of carol singing at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone. We have also performed in the Canterbury Festival and at the opening ceremony for the Kent School Games. Every two years students from the Samba Band, Jazz Band and Choir undertake a European tour. So far we have travelled to Paris, Germany, Italy and Spain and France.

The Department also produces a large-scale musical on a biannual basis, attracting large audiences and rave reviews. Past productions include Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Sweet Charity, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pippin, Oliver! and Grease!