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Performing Arts

Drama, Music, Dance and Physical Education combine to form this exciting and innovative faculty.  Through these four main areas of study students gain confidence and self-awareness through self-expression and evaluation. 

Facilities in the faculty include a Drama Studio, soundproofed Music practice rooms, a recording studio, a general music classroom and music technology suite, gym, fitness suite, newly resurfaced outdoor courts and extensive playing fields.   There is also a designated Dance Studio.

We encourage academic excellence and foster interest in and enjoyment of sport and the Arts, through a multi-cultural approach. Extra-curricular activities are numerous and include Drama club, junior and senior rock bands, junior and senior choir, concert bands, school productions, Dance club, sports clubs and teams.

The popularity of these subjects has grown over the last five years.  We are justly proud of our students' high achievements in GCSE and ‘A’ Level examinations.


Drama is taught throughout Years 7 – 9 and is a popular subject.  During these three years, the students learn a combination of voice and performance skills, mime, movement and improvisation.

In Year 10 the school offers a GCSE Drama course as an option that includes script work, visits to the theatre and Drama presentations. AS/A2 Level Drama and Theatre Studies is available in the Sixth Form.

There is an annual production and a number of Drama showcases throughout the year.


The objective in this subject is to give as broad an experience as possible of all types and styles of music. Our aims are to ensure that by the time the child leaves school, he/she will be open-minded enough to enjoy and appreciate a wide range of music and will wish to explore music further.

Peripatetic lessons are given in a wide range of instruments, including clarinet, saxophone, piano, drum kit and voice training.  The school also runs a variety of ensemble groups such as junior and senior choirs, orchestra, keyboard club and rock bands.

Music is part of the core curriculum for all students in Year 7, 8 and 9, and is offered as an option at GCSE at A Level.


Dance is a popular subject within the Performing Arts Faculty.  All students in Years 7 to 9 have Dance as part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. 

Dance involves a unique combination of creativity, performance and physical development which enables students to develop their co-ordination and rhythmic skills whilst appreciating the various styles and cultures from which dance has risen. During the last few academic years the Performing Arts Faculty has organised several opportunities for students to perform at prestigious events outside of the school including The Hertfordshire County Dance Festival.

In Year 10 the school offers a GCSE Dance course as an option.  Dance is presently available as an option in the Sixth Form as an A Level or a BTEC course.

Our excellent facilities are first rate and are well worth experiencing.  The facilities are also used by the Carter School of Dance out of school hours.

Physical Education

Please go the Physical Education tab for more information about this element of the Performing Arts Faculty.