KS3 Performing Arts lessons offer the opportunity to acquire a vast array of performance and technical skills in Dance and Drama by studying a diverse and relevant range of schemes of work. We aim to improve confidence, communication skills to enhance public speaking, we believe that as students’ articulation and confidence improves they will have a better chance of obtaining places at university or in professional employment.
At Key Stage 4 we offer Level 1-2 BTEC Tech award in Performing Arts and GCSE Drama and have enjoyed success with our examination results for many years. The Drama GCSE offers opportunities for students to learn experimental techniques and equip themselves with the knowledge and beliefs or a wide range of diverse theatrical practitioners whilst the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts course gives the pupils a real taste of what it is like to work as part of a professional theatre company; devising your own plays as well as performing scripted plays in front of a live audience. Both courses offer an insight and training into the technical and production side of theatre as well as directing, script-writing, stage design and choreography.
Over the years we have built up partnerships with a number of theatre companies that are carefully selected to enhance the Drama education of our students. Regular workshops and educational visits have included;
- Volcano Theatre Company
- Big Brum Theatre in Education
- Frantic Assembly
- The Hippodrome
- The Birmingham Repertory Theatre
At KS5 we offer the new BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts. This course offers students the chance to further specialise in an area of the Performing Arts. Our school productions give students an insight into working in the industry as well as practical hands-on experience.
Students benefit from regular trips to the theatre, with recent trips including to Stratford to watch Anthony and Cleopatra and the Birmingham Hippodrome to watch Blood Brothers.
Here at Greenwood Academy we take Performing Arts very seriously which means there is a lot of hard work involved but it is hugely rewarding. Some of our pupils have recently continued their study of performing arts at the prestigious Birmingham Ormiston Academy or have continued to to study Performing Arts at University. If you live in the local area and you have a passion for performing arts this really is the place to be!