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Faculty of Performance

Faculty of Performance

Director of Faculty: Mrs Kathryn Rodway (PE; Dance)   |   Assistant Director: Mr Peter Glynn (PE)

   Mrs Ellie O’Regan (music)    |    Mrs Kelly Jones (PE)  |   Mr Adam Stradling (PE)   |

 The Faculty of Performance consists of the following subjects:

Dance   |   Drama   |   Music   |   Physical Education

The Performance Faculty at The Dean Academy prides itself on enabling students of all abilities to succeed. The faculty encompasses the teaching of Physical Education, Drama, Music, Dance and Outdoor Education and has close links with other faculties throughout the Academy, allowing students to engage with performance both on and off the playing field and stage. The faculty is led by Kathryn Rodway as Director and Peter Glynn as Assistant Director. Our faculty vision is to ensure that all Dean Academy students have the opportunity to participate in Performance activities throughout their time at the Academy. Within Performance we want to inspire young people to participate in and enjoy performance activities and to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle as well as playing a central role in the life of the Academy. We will instil this through effective teaching and learning that is constantly looking to move forward, providing opportunities for students to assume responsibility for their learning, to engage inquisitive minds and provide those students with a high standard of learning that should be expected by them in every lesson. A wide variety of extra curricular options are available in performance; sports teams and leadership opportunities are in abundance, as well as dance productions, and choreography clubs. Various choirs, bands, and music ensembles practice regularly at lunch time and after school, while drama plays a huge part in the wider community of the school with an annual production which encompasses Music, Drama and Dance. Other opportunities include the annual Christmas Carol Concert, which showcases musical, dramatic and dance talents, academy shows and events such as Presentation Evening, and college events, community festivals, trips to the theatre and elite sports events, workshops and peripatetic music lessons which can be organised for a wide range of musical instruments, with students able to sit Associated Board and Guildhall examinations. The Faculty also organises foreign visits within their subject areas, such as the bi-annual ski trip to Austria and Football trip to Valencia. If you love these subjects, you will find numerous opportunities to enjoy Performance on the playing field or stage, at The Dean Academy!

Drama is taught to all students at Key Stage 3 as a specialist subject, once a fortnight. The focus of Drama at Key Stage 3 is to build key drama skills and an awareness of drama and theatre forms and terminology. At Key Stage 4 we offer Edexcel BTEC Performing Arts as a course. It is an exciting and challenging course and has been designed to help candidates to meet these challenges.

Music is taught to all students in Key Stage 3 as a specialist subject. Students are also encouraged to bring their own instruments to school and we are able to organise peripatetic music lessons for a number of different instruments. At Key Stage 4, we offer the OCR GCSE Music course and this is well supported by students of all abilities.

Dance is taught to students throughout Key Stage 3 as part of the P.E. curriculum. At Key Stage 4 students are able to choose to continue their dance studies by opting for the Edexcel BTEC Performing Arts course. There is a balance between practical work, controlled assessment and theory work, with plenty of opportunity to reflect on students choreographic and performance skills.

P.E. is taught to all students for two lessons of one hour duration per week. At Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to follow exam courses in GCSE PE, BTEC Sport and BTEC Outdoor Education, all of which deliver five hours of curriculum time per fortnight alongside core P.E. lessons which still follow the format of two hours per week. At Key Stage 3 students experience rugby, hockey, netball, gymnastics, swimming, dance, basketball, football, fitness, tennis, cricket, athletics and rounders.

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