Our vision is to inspire our students to have a lifelong passion and appreciation for the performing arts. We believe that the skills learned in performing arts will develop the young people’s imaginations and enable them to be creative, imaginative, confident and analytical in the work place. The skills developed through performing arts are transferable across the whole school curriculum. We believe in the value of performing arts as a means to develop both self-confidence and emotional intelligence in young people.
The performing arts department offers various performance opportunities for the students. These include whole school performances, assemblies, and religious occasions, competitions, sharing of work, concerts, Key Stage 3 production and examination performances. Through these performances, our students learn how to be confident, organised, driven, team players who have high self-esteem.
Performing arts subjects are currently taught to all of Year 7 and 8. Students have the opportunity to choose to continue their performing arts education from Year 9.
During drama lessons, the students play warm up games to rid themselves of inhibitions and learn the fundamental skills of performance in a fun way. Students devise their own plays alongside study texts. The students learn performance and evaluation skills that will be welcomed by future employers.
Key Stage 3
Students in Year 7 and 8 currently have one lesson a week in Drama. Year 9 students have the opportunity to choose drama and are allocated three lessons a week. A weekly drama club is available to all students that are passionate about the subject. Weekly sessions accumulate into various performances throughout the year.
Key Stage 4
Students in Key Stage 4 at St Edmund’s Catholic School have the option of studying BTEC performing arts (Drama). There are a growing number of professions that value people who studied Drama as a subject at school. These professions include medicine, law, public relations, journalism, diplomacy, politics, social work, hospitality, tourism and leisure. This is because whilst studying drama students learn to become more independent, responsible, have leadership skills, communication skills and make better decisions. Key Stage 4 students are regularly taken to see live theatre and are part of school performances.