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Head of Faculty: Mr A Worrell

Second in Faculty: Mrs E Clark


Key Stage 3 PE

The Physical Education department consists of 4 full time teachers. We have a good range of facilities including sports hall, gym, fitness suite, 4 court indoor tennis centre, 3G Astroturf and extensive fields.

We believe in designing our curriculum to suit students in order that their Physical Education lessons are enjoyable and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. In years 7 & 8 we cover a broad and balanced curriculum so all our students have a taste of a wide range of sports. We encourage students to develop their, leadership and social skills through their physical education lessons.

Students are introduced to key concepts in health and fitness along with an introduction to muscular and skeletal systems linked to the KS4 curriculum.

The department offer a wide range of extracurricular activities and fixtures for students to participate in, entering local, regional and national competitions.

Key Stage 3 Music

During Key Stage 3 students follow the revised National Curriculum with links to the new GCSE specification and ISM guidelines for progress. The emphasis is very much upon practical musicianship and acquiring practical music skills.

Lesson content in KS3 varies half-termly from composing game or film music, through to whole class performance, and small pop group practice. Theory and musical literacy reinforce the practical learning, and as a Mac-based department, students are encouraged to use Garageband and Logic.

All students are strongly encouraged to opt for instrumental lessons should they wish to, and these are primarily provided by NYCC Music Service, Hatton’s School of Performing Arts, and East Coast Vagabonds. All instrumental disciplines are offered and students in receipt of certain benefits may receive free or subsidised lessons on their first study starting in KS3. Once at the required standard students are encouraged to take ABRSM and/or Trinity examinations, and to join the Scarborough Area Music Centre ensembles to enhance their performance opportunities.

Key Stage 3 Drama

Drama is an extremely popular subject in Years 7 and 8 with many student claiming it to be their favourite lesson of the week!

While we are looking at performance techniques and acting skills for the first two years, the focus in Year 7 is actually on life skills through the medium of drama.  Students develop confidence, social skills, self-esteem and imagination whilst still building a foundation of understanding of what drama is and how it plays a role in society. 

The end of the first year culminates with the entire cohort of students taking part in the highly successful Year 7 Drama Festival.  This event gives every student the chance to experience the atmosphere of live performance and is the highlight of the year for many students.  Parents are invited along and the whole evening is a celebration of our students’ abilities and success.

Year 8 follows straight on from the Year 7 festival with a Christmas themed performance which is prepared in lessons and performed at the end of the term.  The final two terms continue to develop drama skills to a more advanced level and also give a taster of the work which is carried out for the KS4 BTEC Performing Arts course to prepare those who wish to pursue the subject further.

Key Stage 4 Performance

BTEC Level1/2 First Award in Sport

Exam Board: Pearson BTEC

BTEC First Sport

The BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport is a practical, work-related course.  Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Each unit is introduced and delivered with a clear set of deadlines for all work to be submitted.

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport Unit Mandatory units:

  1. Fitness for Sport and Exercise External 30 hours
  2. Practical Performance in Sport Internal 30 hours
  3. Applying the Principles of Personal Training Internal Synoptic 30 hours

Optional specialist units: 

  1. The Mind and Sports Performance Internal 30 hours
  2. The Sports Performer in Action Internal 30 hours
  3. Leading Sports Activities Internal 30 hours

Learners must complete the three core units (Unit 1 is an online exam) and one choice of optional specialist units.

GCSE Music

Exam Board: Eduqas Music


The KS4 Eduqas course comprises of three main components:

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3: Appraising

The Eduqas exam requires students to sit a final 40% listening paper on set works and musical elements in addition to performing and composing their own music during KS4, and submit a portfolio at the end of the course.

All KS4 Music students are expected to perform regularly in all Faculty internal and external events.

The school runs a weekly choir, as well as a school band and lunchtime piano club. Once at the appropriate standard, GCSE students are expected to play in the school ensemble as well as providing smaller ensembles for productions and concerts. In the last five years we have also run Musical Theatre extra-curricular productions such as Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, High School Musical and We Will Rock You.

BTEC Level1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Exam Board: Pearson (Edexcel)

BTEC Performing Arts

Students opting for this subject will be required, at times, to work outside of normal school hours. For example; evening performances to public audiences and additional rehearsals outside of lesson time.

This course is challenging and creative and allows students to develop skills in a number of different areas. Students will develop acting and performance skills as well as an overall understanding of the theatre.  Students will get the chance to take part in workshops delivered by professional actors and practitioners. This course requires a lot of commitment, hard work and self-discipline.


Component 1 30% Exploring the performing Arts

Component 2 30% Developing skills and techniques

Component 3 40% Performing to a brief