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.

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.

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.

In Dance (which takes place in PE lessons) students will be developing the core skills of choreographing, performing and appreciating Dance.

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 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.

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage five we have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all students, with a range of vocational qualifications, including BTEC Acting, BTEC Dance, BTEC Music and BTEC Sport and Fitness. We offer all of these qualifications as both a Single and Double option, enabling students to specialise early, without the need to go to college

See our sixth form pages for more information.

Extracurricular Opportunities

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.

Trips in the past 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 Cinderella.

We also run a large number of trips to see West End musicals such as Matilda, Wicked and The School of Rock and trips to see professional sporting events such as England football matches at Wembley Stadium and trips to other major sporting events, such as the Olympics back 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 productions are also a huge strength of the faculty. In December 2017 we put on Elf The Musical, with 100 students in the cast. This year we have plans for a Christmas Extravaganza in December, a Drama Production and a Dance show. Follow our Facebook page Ormiston Sudbury Presents for more information

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.