Performance faculty

Head of faculty: Mr L Cox.
Vision: For all to be inspired to participate, collaborate and achieve.


Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 students have four lessons a week with the Performance faculty, studying Dance, Drama, Music and PE.

In Dance students will be developing the core skills of choreographing, performing and appreciating Dance.

Drama lessons help students to build essential life skills such as team work, confidence, communication and creativity as well as learn the vocal and physical performance skills need to create a role.

Music lessons focus on developing key skills such as rhythm, reading notation, composition skills and performance skills.

Our vision: for all to be inspired to participate, collaborate and achieve.

In Year 9 we offer all students the chance to take Bronze Arts Award – a Level 1 qualification accredited by Trinity College London. The Award allows students to experience live theatre, try out new art forms and learn new practical skills while developing their independence, creativity and confidence.

In PE students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and activities, gain an understanding of the importance of a healthy active lifestyle and take on the role of a participant, official and coach.

Key Stage 4

The Performance Faculty offer a wide range of courses at Key Stage four which allow students to specialise and further develop their skills in a number of different subject areas. The courses currently on offer are; BTEC Acting, BTEC Dance, BTEC Music, BTEC Music Technology, BTEC Musical Theatre, BTEC Sport and GCSE PE.

Our vocational qualifications are heavily weighted towards practical work and offer students the opportunity to take part in real life, work based scenarios to prepare them for their future. They also offer the chance to develop a number of key life skills required to succeed in all subject areas and recognised by employers – including; confidence, collaboration, creativity, imagination, focus and determination As well as our optional subjects all KS4 students will participate in Core Physical Education. This allows students to continue to develop a positive attitude towards physical activity and participate in an options based programme of study. Focusing on maximum participation, enjoyment and fitness.

In addition to our more formal qualifications at Key Stage four we also offer an extension opportunity for our Academically Most Able and Talented students – Silver Arts Award is a Level 2 qualification accredited by Trinity College, London and builds on the skills acquired in year 9 on the Bronze Award. Students meet with their advisor once a half term and then work independently on the course, which is designed by them! It allows students to gain experience in areas which interest them and which they might not have been able to fit in with their options.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage five we have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all students, with a range of academic and vocational qualifications, including A level, BTEC Subsidiary/National Diploma and Arts Award ‘enrichment’ courses across a range of performing arts and sports subjects.

See our sixth form pages for more information.

Extracurricular Opportunites

One of the strengths of the Performance Faculty is the huge number of extra-curricular activities available. Clubs include Football, Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Cross-Country, Badminton, Hockey, Table Tennis, Fitness, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Rounders, SPACE Dance Company and SPACE Cadets (our upper and lower school gifted and talented dance companies), KS3 Dance and Drama clubs, BTEC Dance Club, Pop Choir, Close Harmony Group, Drum Jam, Tech Crew, and many more throughout the year.

A successful Sky Sports Living for Sport mentoring programme is also in place with athletes coming in to the Academy to do workshops with different cohorts of students.

Trips have included the chance to see Benedict Cumberbatch starring in Hamlet at the Barbican in London, trips to the National Theatre in London to see two new plays and a trip to see the New Wolsey Theatre’s pantomime of The Sword in the Stone.

We also run a large number of trips to see West End musicals such as Bugsy Malone, Matilda, Wicked and The Sound of Music and trips to see professional sporting events such as England football matches at Wembley Stadium and trips to the Olympics in 2012.

Students studying optional courses at KS5 also have the opportunity to visit a number of Drama, Dance and Music Colleges as well as Essex University Sports Science department as part of their course.

Sports Fixtures are also a key part of our extracurricular offer and we compete in many local and regional leagues in a huge number of sports including, football, netball, trampolining, basketball, rugby, badminton, table tennis, tennis, cricket, rounders and athletics.

Our whole-academy productions are also a huge strength of the faculty. In February 2017 we put on Disney’s Aladdin, with 130 students in the cast.

Last academic year we had The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as our upper school musical for students in years 11-13 and this took place in January 2016.

Bugsy Malone was our musical for students in Years 7-10, taking place in March 2016; nearly 200 students and staff were involved.

Our 2015 whole academy production of  Oliver! was described by the East Anglian Daily Times as “the West End in Sudbury!” and all 1,000 tickets sold out.