Subject Leader: Miss E Kirkup

Vision/ Intent:

In Performing Arts, we believe that theatre making is an opportunity to practise empathy, community and spirituality. Our pupils are offered the tools to develop both socially and personally.  We aim to provide our students with an inspiring, full and explorative education. We want to encourage a sense of wonder about the wider world, a place to examine society, and to build a sense of creative freedom.

 ‘Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.’- Augusto Boal

Approach / Philosophy / Implementation:

The department will offer an environment and working ethos where students will be able to:

  • Develop creativity through practical drama tasks.
  • Develop an appreciation for Theatre Making through watching, creating and devising performance.
  • Explore, experiment and develop a positive growth mindset.
  • Produce creative responses to stimuli that promote their unique ideas.
  • Develop knowledge of a variety of approaches to making Theatre, including a variety of Theatre Styles and Practitioners.
  • Participate in school productions through acting, set, costume and marketing design.
  • Practise improvisational, creative thinking, collaborative, leadership skills in every lesson.
  • Embrace ‘trial and error’ as a methodology of learning. A belief that opportunity comes from trial and working through mistakes, or ‘happy accidents’.
  • Explore roles in theatre and future career choices through a practical application of transferable skills.
  • Learn about the functions of Theatre in the contemporary world and understand the importance of studying Performing Arts. 
  • Work in a community focussed environment that encourages individuals to reach their potential.
  • Feel a sense of pride for their work and effort in Performing Arts, through self-reflection and school wide celebration. We hope our students leave Holywell with the sense that Art making and appreciation is a source both of meaning and pleasure.


I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.’-Oscar Wilde

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