Performing Arts


Mrs C. Stott – Curriculum Leader

Miss A. Thompson – Dance & Drama Teacher & PSHCE Co-ordinator

Music Department Vision

“Music is an enriching and valuable academic subject. Research evidence shows that a quality music education can improve self-confidence, behaviour and social skills, as well as improve academic attainment in areas such as numeracy, literacy and language.”–

The Government response to Darren Henley’s review of music education.

The music department at Corpus Christi Catholic College prides itself on being an environment where live music-making is the fundamental focus. Students are encouraged at every opportunity to perform, compose, listen and reflect on achievement and progress as both performers and audiences. We will work to provide these experiences, in and beyond the classroom; be it vocal or instrumental, technological or acoustic, solo or ensemble. Solo work supports self-management and independence whilst ensembles support social skills, team work, concentration and co-operation.

In conclusion, we are an enthused, passionate and totally dedicated department that aims to continue developing our young people to the highest level, not only musically and academically but spiritually

Dance & Drama Department Vision

Drama and dance are exciting and challenging subjects taught within Key Stage 3 to year 7 (drama), year 8 (dance) and KS4 to Yr9, Yr10 and 11. In addition to developing in performance, direction and evaluation, students develop life skills such as self- discipline, team work, time management, resilience and confidence in preparation for adult hood. They also develop creative skills and learn the importance of being reliable and co- operative.

KS4 Courses and clubs celebrate positive numbers of students from all year groups. Students make excellent progress in these subjects and exam results are excellent!

In September 2014 the GCSE Performing Arts course was launched and in September 2016 the GCSE Drama course. We are proud of the excellent achievement and exam results from our students; a number of them have gone on to college and university to further their Performing Arts careers.

Drama and dance are taught once a week to KS3, exploring a variety of themes, issues, scripts and styles such as Musical Theatre, Horror, Melodrama, Hip Hop and Improvisation.



The key stage 3 curriculum is an accelerated two year program that develops confidence, musicality and understanding through a range of exciting and creative projects. The key stage 4 program begins in year 9 and offers a BTEC in music or performing arts.

Year 7 & 8


Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7 Just Play! &

Samba drumming

Ensemble skills

Band skills 1 –

‘Next to Me’

Band skills 2 –

4 chords sequence

Year 8 Band Skills 3 –

4 chords sequence

Band Skills 4 –


Band Skills 5 –

Band choice/songwriting

Dance & Drama

  Term 1  Term 2   Term 3
Year 7 Darkwood Manor

(Horror, Character, story telling, freeze frame.)


(Text, Line learning, Voice, Gesture, Projection, Asides, Facial expression)

West Side Story

(Movement, Stage fight technique, unison, canon)

Bullying – 4 O’Clock Friday

(Poetry, cross fade, thought-tracking, realism)

Improvisation – Park Bench

(Accept and response, character, verbal blocking, spontaneous)

World War 1

(Physical theatre, narration, stimuli, canon, unison and formation)

Year 8 Style/Genre

(canon,unison,direction, stylistic features)


(canon,unison,direction, stylistic features)


(canon,unison,direction, stylistic features)


Musical Theatre

(Energy, projection, eyeline)

Set Study

(Accuracy, timing, spacial awareness)

Set Study

(Accuracy, timing, spacial awareness)


Subject specification Music

BTEC Music (First Award) For further information please click here BTEC Music

Subject specification Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts (First Award) For further information please click here BTEC Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts (L2 Technical Award) For further information please click BTEC L2 Tech Performing Arts

Year 9

Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts (L2 Technical Award)

Skills Building; workshops in dance drama and music. Focusing on different genres, styles and costumes.

Year 10


Music performance skills – developing own instrumental ensemble

Creating a product – organising a concert


Year 11


Music performance skills

Audition and letter of application


Dance performance skills


Craig’s Acting Class – Flyer

Singing LessonsFlyer

A wide range of exciting extra-curricular Drama and Dance activities and opportunities are provided by the Department to challenge and support students. These are all run in the purpose built studio comprising of lighting rig, ballet Barr, mirrors and high tech sound system.  Weekly lunch clubs in Dance and Drama are attended by large numbers such as: Key stage 3 Performing Arts clubs (drama and dance), Lads dance, Performing Arts Company, ‘Defiance’ Rehearsals and Production Club.

Regular Performance platforms and exciting opportunities for students to enhance their skills and share their work are abundant in Performing Arts. Students can perform in the Christmas and Summer Performing Arts Showcases, the Annual Production and for audiences within the local community such as ‘The O.A.P.Christmas Show’. They can participate in projects run by Northern Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance and Manic Chord Theatre Company with whom we have close links. Furthermore students can become involved in Mentoring schemes which provide students experience with running Dance and Drama workshops for local primary feeder schools and KS3 Lunch clubs.

Opportunities to represent the school and perform to the wider community have included events such as being placed third out of forty schools in the ‘Leeds Partnership Dance Competition’, performing a cheerleading routine at the ‘Olympic Torch Relay’ Event alongside 1000 students across the city in 2012, and chance to attend variety of organised theatre trips.

In addition to these opportunities, students can audition to become a member of the School’s Corpus Christi Catholic College Performing Arts Company ‘Defiance’. The students range from Year 9—11 and have represented the school in a number of prestigious performances since forming in 2014.

Highlights of their achievements include winning the Leeds Grande Futures competition against a number of schools and colleges across our region, and the amazing success of two of our male members who performed as part of the professional Phoenix Company for two weeks last December at the Bradford Alhambra in the ‘Lord of the Flies’ production, beating a staggering 1,000 hopefuls across the region.

We offer an extensive extra curricular programme including a Ukulele Ensemble, Choir, Arts Award and opportunities to use the rehearsal rooms via the booking system. Included in the extra curricular program we have a range of high quality instrumental teachers offering drums, percussion, guitar, bass, piano, brass, woodwind, strings and vocals with opportunities to take graded examinations. We will continue to develop and raise the profile of this provision so that every student has the opportunity to engage with musical activities.

This year we will implement a primary school outreach program to include a Performing Arts Company supported by Y7 students at Corpus and various community based music projects, including work with Leeds College of Music students, DJ School UK, Chapel FM and Manic chord Theatre Company that will see Corpus’ music department establishing positive and essential links with the local community.

Activities and trips are aimed at enriching students through a wide experience of performing arts genres and consist of visits to theatres; concert venues as well as professional

Useful Links & Resources

BBC Bitesize

BTEC Pearson

ABRSM – Exam board of the Royal Schools of Music