"Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

-- Michael Jordan, basketball icon (1984-2003)

The Performance Faculty is designed to support, contribute to, and complement the aims of the Academy.

Performance Faculty aims to provide enjoyable, satisfying and balanced programmes within the National Curriculum areas of Outwitting Opponents, Exercising Safely and Effectively, Accurate Repetition, Exploring and Communicating ideas, concepts and emotions, and Performing at Maximal Levels. The opportunities will be there for pupils to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. The activities allow pupils to become involved as performers, observers and officials.

The structured and developmental schemes provided allow for progression, challenge and a sense of achievement.

The development of confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of one's own and others weaknesses and strengths are important in the learning process.

Within the faculty we intend to offer opportunities which lead to developing a Physically Literate and Healthy lifestyle.

Physical Literacy can be described as a disposition to capitalise on the human embodied capability, wherein the individual has:

"The motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for maintaining purposeful physical pursuits/activities throughout the life course." (Whitehead 2013).

Learners leave the Performance Faculty as competent, confident, well rounded individuals who demonstrate mutual respect for each other.

Key Stage Three (two lessons per week)

  • PE - During PE students will cover a wide range and varied curriculum that includes a range of individual and team sports.
  • Music - During Music students will study a range of topics that include:
    • Module 1 - Elements of Music
    • Module 2 - Popular Music
    • Module 3 - Keyboard Orchestra
    • Module 4 - Building Musical Structure
    • Module 1 - Elements of Music
    • Module 2 - The Blues
    • Module 3 - Music for Film
    • Module 4 - EDM and Music Technology

Year 7:

Year 8

Key Stage Four (two lessons per week)

  • Students will be allocated a pathway depending on their previous knowledge and performance that will be taught within their timetabled lessons per week
  • Pathway 1 -BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport
    • Unit 1- Fitness testing for Sport
    • Unit 2 - Practical Sport
    • Unit 3 - The Mind and Body for Sports Performance
    • Unit 4 - The Sports Performer in Action
  • Pathway 2 - BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts
    • Unit 1 - Individual Showcase
    • Unit 2 - Preparations, Performance and Production
    • Unit 4 - Dance Skills

Key Stage Four - Options (three lessons per week)

  • GCSE PE - students will study the AQA specification. Subject content includes:
  • BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Performing Arts. Subject contents includes:
    • Unit 1 - Individual Showcase (external assessment)
    • Unit 2 - Preparations, Performance and Production
    • Unit 4 - Dance Skills (optional unit)
    • GCSE Film Studies

Paper 1:

Paper 2:

Key Stage Five

  • PE - At KS5 we offer a level 3 BTEC double award which is equivalent to 2 'A' Levels. The course we deliver is BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sports coaching and Performance and cover the following units:

Unit 2 Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing.

Unit 8 Coaching for Performance

Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 7 Practical Sports Performance

Unit 4 Sports Leadership

Unit 3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Unit 1 Investigating Practitioners Work

Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop

Unit 11 Street Dance Technique

Unit 12 Contemporary Dance Technique