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Performing Arts

The purpose of the Performing Arts curriculum at The Howard School is:

  • to develop in our students a sense of self confidence which will support them throughout their lives, both today and in their futures.
  • to equip our students with a toolkit of life skills – presentation, negotiation, teamwork and creativity – that they can apply, not only to a Drama lesson, but to the wider school community and beyond.
  • to develop our students’ imaginations and creativity to create new and exciting work in both writing and through performance.
  • to encourage our students to take creative and artistic risks in order to develop their awareness of themselves and the world around them.
  • to build, refine and master a range of performance skills by exploring a wide variety of texts, practitioners and styles including classical, contemporary, British and cultural.
  • to develop an appreciation of performance, both live and recorded, and the impact and influence this can have on our lives.
Performing Arts


Ms  Cordell HOD
Mr Knights Teacher of Drama
Mr Webb Head of Inclusion


Key Stage 3

Drama is not just about producing amazing actors, writers or directors- it is centred on developing key life skills. Through Drama, we aim to build a pupil's confidence in expressing ideas; build imagination in realising these ideas; build teamwork in developing these ideas, and then build presentational skills in sharing their finished work with others. A solid Drama curriculum will furnish our pupils with the skills and qualities to support them, not only in all subject areas but also in the school community and the wider world. Through reading scripts, pupils learn to interpret texts, look for meaning and use an expression in bringing characters to life. In devising work, pupils are able to explore creative ideas in a safe environment, developing their negotiation and leadership skills. Finally, in watching performances, pupils learn not only to listen well but to be able to express an informed and thoughtful opinions. These are our aims at KS3. 

Key Stage 4

Gcse drama

KS5 : BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts

Btec national diploma in performing arts 1

KS5 : BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

Btec national extended certificate in performing arts 1

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