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Performing Arts

Subject Leader: Mr Michael Massey


Head of Music: Mr Simon Hewitt



At the QKS Music School we offer an engaging pathway for music tuition. We believe in an ensemble-based curriculum, offering music students from all levels and abilities the opportunity to play for an extended period with other musicians. Tuition is lead by professional musicians who will help your child develop their skills in practical musicianship and performance. Any work created at The QKS Music School will be performed at one of the many events hosted by QKS throughout the year, or recorded in our upcoming studio facility, with a copy sent to parents.

QKS Music School tuition will cater for guitar, bass, drums, singing and keyboard, with a focus on band and ensemble work. QKS Music School tuition will cost £60 per term, consisting of 10 sessions of 90 minutes. Sessions will run on a Tuesday from 3.30 pm to 5 pm and will include the use of school instruments, if required. The total cost for the academic year will be £180, with dates to be released on a termly basis.

If your child is interested in taking part, please complete the QKS Music School form on Edulink, once completion of the form is received, payments will be made available on Parentmail.

Cancellation of tuition must be made in writing to Mr Hewitson via the 'Cancellation Form'. A notice period of one half term must be given before ceasing tuition.

Individual Music Lessons

QKS will also continue to support students receiving additional individual lessons from one of our freelance teachers. Our freelance teachers work during the school day on the QKS site. These lessons cost £16 for a half hour session. If you would like to enquire about individual peri lessons, please complete this form (Individual Instrumental and Vocal Tuition). There are opportunities undertake individual lessons in the following: singing, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, flute, piano. 

Please note a notice period of one half term must be given in writing to Mr Hewitson using the 'Cancellation Form' before cancellation of tuition may take effect.

Performing Arts at QKS

The Performing Arts play a significant role in helping students develop their creative skills.

The Performing Arts Department at QKS promote self discipline, creativity and resilience in order for students to excel in all facets of school life.

At QKS, the Performing Arts Department comprises of Dance, Drama and Music with the guiding principles for teaching across these subjects being to:  

  • develop students’ practical, creative and technical skills and knowledge in order for them to devise, rehearse and perform original and pre-existing material in a variety of ways
  • utilise rigorous success criteria and assessment frameworks in order for all students to make exceptional progress. 
  • nurture a strong sense of the ‘whole child’ focusing on developing their confidence, communication and problem solving
  • Develop students' ability to engage in the creative process both independently and as part of a group with resilience and self belief. 
  • Provide the skills and confidence for students to pursue wider curriculum and career opportunities within the performing arts. 

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 Performing Arts Curriculum offers opportunities for students to respond, perform and evaluate work across the 3 discrete subject areas whilst at the same time developing their vocal, physical, expressive and technical skills to enable them to create performances within all three Performing Arts disciplines.

The Performing Arts subjects are the perfect vehicle to develop the vital skills of independence, appreciation, concentration, confidence, creativity, communication and critical thinking.

Throughout Key Stage 3, students are taught excellent routines to ensure safe and successful lessons in which positive behaviour management and encouragement is key. Students develop mutual trust and learn collaboratively, applauding others’ work and helping make them feel confident.

Year 7 Music

Year 7 Performing Arts

Year 8 Music

Year 8 Performing Arts

Year 9 Music

Year 9 Performing Arts

Year 9 Creative Core Music

Year 9 Creative Core Performing Arts


Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 Performing Arts Curriculum is structured in order to prepare students for the GCSE courses in Dance, Drama and Music that the school offers.

Having covered the fundamentals during Key stage 3, students have opportunities to develop their skills further during Year 10 in readiness for the practical assessments and written examinations in Year 11. Throughout, students develop their skills in the three disciplines to enable them to become confident performers, to collaborate effectively with others, to gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas and to reflect and refine their work. In addition, their study of each of the Performing Arts as a practical art form in its own right means they explore how ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through choices in form, style and convention. This enables them to develop an understanding of the social, cultural and historical contexts of the set works studied in each discrete subject area. They will also extend their knowledge of Performing Arts terminology, and how to use it appropriately, and come to understand the roles and responsibilities of theatre-makers, dancers and/or musicians in professional practice.

Year 10 Music

Year 10 Performing Arts

Year 11 MusicYear 11 Performing Arts

Drama Exam Board:


GCSE Drama Specification

Music Exam Board:

Edexcel Music GCSE (year 11)

GCSE Music Specification

AQA Music GCSE (year 10)

GCSE Music Specification

Dance Exam Board:


GCSE Dance Specification


Extra-Curricular opportunities

Performing Arts

Annually the department mounts the following:

  • Whole school musical at The Brewery Arts Centre
  • Performing Arts Festival
  • An Arts Evening at The Brewery Arts Evening


  • KS3 production
  • KS4 production
  • KS5 production
  • GCSE Drama Evenings
  • A Level Drama Evenings
  • Lunchtime Theatre
  • Visits from Theatre Companies


  • KS3 Dance Club
  • GCSE Dance Club
  • Participation in The Dance Platform at The Brewery Arts Centre


  • Music GCSE enhancement
  • String group
  • Vocal group
  • Whole school musical production

Opportunities to undertake lessons in the following

Singing, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, flute, piano & drums


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