Performing Arts has established itself as the most exciting, creative and popular department in Ash Manor School. In our newly refurbished block, the faculty boasts outstanding facilities including a recording studio, music performance space, drama studio, rehearsal rooms and our newly opened theatre and Apple technology suite.
We provide a range of engaging courses from year 7 through to year 11 where students are encouraged to perform, create and strive for the highest standards in a safe and respectful environment where every learner's contribution is valued.
With a vast number of extra-curricular enrichment activities and community involvement projects, students have the opportunities to fully explore Performing Arts and prepare themselves for a successful career in the industry.
All staff are trained professionals with links to and experience of working in the Industry and students have regular access to visiting workshop practitioners as part of their courses, both at KS3 and KS4.
A number of productions are staged each year offering a diverse range of performance opportunities. These include the school pantomime, music concerts and competitions, drama plays and performances, musical theatre productions and performing arts showcases.
We also work with a range of other organisations, from the Rock and Pop Foundation, Trinity College Exam centre to the Shakespeare's School Festival and Surrey Arts. We also run a series of trips each year to concerts and productions in London as well as arranging workshops with the cast and crew of West End shows such as Stomp!, Jersey Boys and The Woman in Black.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 students receive one hour of music and one hour of drama per week.
In years 7 and 8, students are introduced to the key skills and techniques relevant to each discipline and, through a variety of engaging projects are encouraged to rehearse, perform, evaluate and refine performances.
Performance and collaboration are actively encouraged within lessons and students develop confidence and communication skills through small group work, paired performances and a safe environment to receive feedback from both teachers and their peers.
Music and Drama lessons in year 9 prepare students for further study at GCSE as well as providing a creative and challenging learning environment for those students who choose alternative subjects. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their work in year 9 and an emphasis is placed on refining skills and embedding a deeper knowledge and understanding of key terms, genres and curriculum content along with an appreciation of the arts.
Examples of topics included in the Key Stage Performing Arts curriculum are:
Year 7 Music
• African Drumming
• Introduction to Guitar and Bass
• Latin American Music
Year 7 Drama
• An Introduction to Shakespeare
• Silent Movies
• Puppet Theatre
Year 8 Music
• Blues Music
• Theme and Variations
• Pop Band Project
Year 8 Drama
• Dramatic Tension
Year 9 Music
• Stand By Me
• Song Writing
• Music Technology
Year 9 Drama
• Using a Script
• WW2 Character Pieces
• Theatre in Edcucation
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage four, students can opt for either GCSE Music (AQA), GCSE Drama (AQA) and will receive three hours of lessons per week in their chosen option.
Miss V Matthews – Head of Music
Mr. Jodi Swan - Head of Drama
Mr. Phillip Clark - Teacher of Music / Drama
Mrs. Nicky Norton - Teacher of Dance
Design Technology Department
Modern Foreign Languages