Performing Arts

Standing on a stage takes courage, and through Performing Arts pupils are able to experiment with their creativity in a safe and supportive environment. Performing Arts at De Warenne develops pupils’ interpersonal skills through theoretical studies; such skills will be transferable and lifelong.  

Communication is key to all aspects of life and underpins the varied and creative curriculum offer. Through this pupils will also be encouraged to be cooperative, responsible, independent and reflective individuals. Varied influential playwrights are studied to encourage awareness of different styles of performance and influences.

Musical theatre is not only studied in lessons, but students are given the opportunities to visit numerous professional performances around the country. De Warenne also prides itself on producing its own performances, with recent examples being “We will rock you”, “ One night only” and “Variations”, for which the school was shortlisted through National Theatre Connections.

Pupils and staff received an award from the National Theatre for the work on Variations

Department Staff

  • Mrs C Shires (Head of Department)
  • Mrs H Hunt
  • Miss S Heath

All students in Year 7 and 8 have one hour of Performing Arts a week, taking part in lessons centred around building confidence, developing drama skills and understanding drama. 

In Year 7 pupils focus on skills and techniques, engaging in workshops and activities to devise their own performance pieces. Pupils work collaboratively to develop an understanding of their voice and body as an instrument and how to use it to create theatre.

In Year 8 pupils begin to explore theatre styles and practitioners in preparation for KS4.  Pupils study theatre roles and responsibilities, staging, a range of genres and a variety of professional works.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (script work)

Haunted House (physical theatre)     

Bugsy Malone (Script work)        


War/Evacuees (issue based drama)


Students follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/ 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (Drama). They will study 3 different practitioners, Frantic Assembly, Stanislavski and Brecht, alongside a variety of texts. The assessments are:

Component 1: An internally assessed unit exploring the 3 different practitioners practically and through the production of written diaries and research.

Component 2: An internally assessed unit where 1 piece of work is developed for a performance, accompanied by written diaries.

Component 3: An externally assessed unit. Working in groups students devise their own work using skills learnt throughout the course and working to a theme set by the exam board. The unit is 33% performance and the rest through written work.

Extra-curricular activities

Drama club is open to all students. We have done full scale musicals in school, and participated in the National Theatre Connections project. In drama club we aim to:

  • Raise the standards of Drama for all our pupils;
  • Develop the enjoyment of Drama at our academy;
  • Find opportunities for performance outside of the academy
  • To extend the curriculum beyond that offered in timetabled lessons;
  • To reinforce the work encountered within the timetabled lessons;
  • To allow students of different ages and ability to interact

Students enjoying a cultural trip to Bradford Theatre to see Matilda the Musical

Pupils take part in school productions every year, often visiting the shows they perform. De Warenne Academy has so far performed School of Rock, We Will Rock You, Variations (in association with the National Theatre) and this year Beauty and the Beast Jr.

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