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Performing Arts

Subject Lead - Mr Mark Pluckrose, 01805 623531 Ext. 206

Teachers - Mr Lee Wickenden, Mr Jonathan Westhorp





  • To provide a safe and structured environment for learners to explore the world we live in, their self-identity and presentation of self as well as consider empathy and tolerance of others through accomplished drama, theatre and performance work
  • To provide a source for cultural capital and heritage
  • To inspire learners to take risks, problem solve, think critically, develop cognition and resilience though exposure to key theatre genres, texts and practitioners
  • To provide an opportunity to ensure that learner’s creative potential is developed, whatever their particular interest or future choice of career.




  • To develop the skills needed for pupils to work together in a collaborative way to achieve accomplished and aspirational outcomes.
  • To provide opportunities for creativity, self-expression, and individuality, developing ownership of their work.
  • To provide regular opportunities for pupils to perform, ensuring that resilience, reflection and peer support is developed as part of these moments.
  • To give exposure to key musical genres, develop knowledge and understanding of how practitioners work within these genres.
  • To provide a foundation for pupils starting their journey into becoming practitioners within with creative industries.


Curriculum and Qualifications


Curriculum Maps


Please use the links to below to view the current curriculum maps for Drama & Music. These maps show what your child will study throughout their time at GTS, broken down by half term.


The Performing Arts department is very lucky to have a well-resourced, professional studio and theatre, allowing pupils to develop their knowledge of music production, performance and technology. We also have a well-resourced professional studio and music rooms for pupils to use.


  • Drama studio with a maximum capacity of 200 including Video projection, DVD player, Full PA system with radio mic and Lighting rig with Intelligent moving lights
  • Backstage area with loading bay doors, Costumes, Props and Stage systems ‘Q-Build’ Staging
  • Lighting and sound control room with Zero 88 Jester 24 channel professional lighting desk, Allen and Heath Zed 24 channel professional sound desk CD Mixer and Ableton live intro and Launchpad
  • Music Technology room with 15 Apple Macs with Cubase, Ableton, Garageband and iMovie with Midi Keyboards
  • Music Ensemble room with 5 practice rooms including Pianos, Drum Kits and Keyboards
  • Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars and Amplifiers
  • Various Percussion, wind and brass instruments
  • DJ suite with Cubase and Ableton live intro with Launchpad, Synthesiser and DJ Decks and mixer
  • Recording Studio with Apple Mac Pro and Allen and Heath Zed 24 channel professional sound desk

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