Performing Arts

Dance, Drama and Music

Study Performing Arts at Biddenham

Consistent 100% Pass Rate for all students at GCSE and A-level, with many of our students gaining A*- C. Many of our students continue to study Performing Arts in their future with some gaining places at top performing arts institutes.

 

Information About the Department

Two Specialist spaces for Drama and Theatre Studies, with purpose built raked seating, fully equipped with lighting rigs and sound systems.

Break off areas for teaching and learning in theatrical design elements of courses (i.e makeup design, lighting, props and sound).

A Dedicated Dance Studio with a sprung wooden floor , mirrors,  visual/ audio equipment  and  resource cupboard

Fully resourced Music department, with independent practice rooms and a wide range of instrumental classes available.

We go on theatre trips with every exam course to provide applied learning experiences.

We have a rich and dynamic extra-curricular programme for all students (i.e. Musical, Drama Club, school productions, Touring Theatre Company and showcases).

We have something for everyone.

Dance

Through the study of Dance students’ develop an understanding and appreciation of a range of dance styles, through performing, choreographing and viewing dances. Students will have opportunities to learn new dance techniques, take part in choreography workshops and view professional dance works both on video and at the theatre.

The department has an extensive extra curricular programme that features; Biddenham Dance Club, a  multi-award winning competitive cheerleading squad – the Biddenham Gold Stars, Cheerleading Club, Yoga, Body Conditioning for Dance, Theatre trips, annual dance performance showcases , the school musical, Dance workshops with professional artists as well as performance and education links with the University of Bedfordshire and surrounding middle/lower schools

GCSE – 100% pass rate for many years, many of our students continue Dance into 6th form or have gained places at top dance colleges (Rambert School, Central School of Ballet, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Stella Mann, Urdang, Bird College)

A-Level – 100% pass rate, with many of our students continuing Dance at some of the top universities and Dance colleges, (Roehampton, Lincoln, Bedford, Northampton, Stella Mann, Bath, Middlesex).

Drama

Drama encourages students to develop critical thinking skills, and become effective and independent learners. There is a strong focus on working imaginatively, collaborating creatively and communicating effectively. Students study all aspects of Drama and Theatre studies including devising, directing, and performing through practical and written work.  

The departments offers extra curricular opportunities including a weekly drama club leading to involvement in the annual drama showcase (where students can also perform their GCSE and A-Level work), the school musical and theatre trips. The department has educational links to the college and university to provide workshops.

GCSE – 100% pass rate for many years. GCSE Drama provides a solid foundation for further Drama studies and vocational opportunities. Students who have study Drama at GCSE have the opportunity to continue to study Drama and Theatre studies as an A level in 6th form.

A-Level – 100% pass rate for many years.Students have continued to study Drama and Theatre studies at university and gain scholarships for acting schools (Bristol, Leicester and ALRA).

Music

Our inclusive curriculum provides students with the opportunity to learn instruments of the classical string, woodwind and brass families during National Curriculum lessons.  

The department has an extensive extra curricular programme that features links with The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bedford Music Co-operative, Music for Bedford Borough and Bedfordshire Orchestral Society.  The Biddenham Music Scholarship provides free and highly subsidised instrumental tuition leading to involvement in StringTastic, Ukulele Choir, School Musical, Fiddle Fiesta, Band Bananza and Recital Nights.  The department provides free termly visits to orchestral concerts for all students.  Music students also attend performing arts theatre visits.

GCSE – 100% pass rate for many years, Many of our students continue with music study, gaining places at Higher Education colleges, universities and conservatoires.  GCSE music encourages students to recognise links between performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music.  Broadening musical experiences and interests whilst developing imagination and fostering creativity.  Students develop the skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians in society.

Staffing

Hayley Wiltshire – Head Of Dance and Drama
Sarah Wozniak – Teacher of Drama and English
Amy Warden – Teacher Dance, English and Media studies
Georgina Murphy – Teacher of Music, Teacher of Violin and Viola
Jade Robson – Performing Arts Technician
Kate Brewster – Teacher of Music
David Knight – Teacher of Cello, Double Bass, Guitar and Bass Guitar
Clare Sugars – Teacher of Piano
Vittorio Mura – Teacher of Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute