• Community We value one another
  • Creativity We embrace change
  • Achievement We expect excellence

Expressive and Performing Arts

Our curriculum aims to foster understanding and appreciation of performing arts through creative exploration, using subject-specific terms in assessed performances.

Key Stage 3

The Expressive and Performing Arts (EPA) curriculum at Key Stage 3 intends to develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the performing arts through creative practical exploration, underpinned by key subject specific terminology learnt and realised within performed assessment. We will equip the students with the ability to interpret the language of musical scores and dramatic text, realising these into performed context with an awareness of artistic intent, technique, technical application audience appreciation. Regular use of teamwork in lessons demands a discursive approach to a diverse range of social, political, historical and cultural texts.

We aim to maximise the student’s cultural capital through appreciation of the performing arts from a global perspective, augmenting this with an extensive enrichment programme that celebrates our diverse community.

By the end of Key Stage 3 in the performing art subjects, students should be able to perform and evaluate with confidence and oral competency.

The students will experience a broad range of challenging text and score to facilitate their transition to GCSE.

Our spiral curriculum ensures that we revisit core skills that are embedded within thematic and contextual topics.


At the end of Key Stage 3 students will be able to:

  • Perform as a soloist and as part of an ensemble
  • Compose music in a range of styles and genres
  • Understand, control and exploit the elements of music
  • Analyse multiple styles of music
  • Use music technology to create music


At the end of Key Stage 3 students will be able to:

  • Devise and structure meaningful performance work
  • Direct and interpret a range of historical and contemporary text
  • Build and sustain purposeful characterisation
  • Develop oral competency
  • Offer secure and balanced analysis and evaluation of performance

Key Stage 4

We offer the following subjects at Key Stage 4:

  • GCSE Drama
  • GCSE Hair and Beauty
  • GCSE Music
  • GCSE Music Tech vCert

Key Stage 5

We offer the following subjects at Parrs Wood Sixth Form (click on the name for a subject leaflet):

Useful Links

Our staff highly recommend these links for students to visit as they contain useful resources to assist in this particular subject area


Director of Faculty: C. Wrigley (c.wrigley@pwhs.co.uk)

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