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In the Drama Department, we want our students;

To develop an understanding of key drama skills and techniques and how to effectively implement them.

To be able to practically use drama skills and techniques and recognise their effectiveness.

To be able to highlight and assess the effectiveness of drama skills and techniques within others work and professional works of varying levels.

To develop confidence in implementing and performing a variety of drama techniques, skills and styles.

To be able to articulate and demonstrate a variety of styles from different drama origins and for students be able to confidently identify how theatre has changed over time.

To build social skills and character through positive experiences of engagement and interactions that can be implemented within the wider school and future life.

To use drama as a tool to explore social, moral and cultural issues as well as British values and the wider world.

Drama Road Maps:

  • Year 7
  • Year 8
  • Year 9
  • Please note,  every subject exercise book your child has contains a subject ‘Burnley High Road Map’ that outlines the content covered, timelines and assessment points for the current year.

Our Year 9s starting some set design work, moving from the planning stage to production:


The study of Music offers a vehicle for personal expression, stimulating creativity and imagination through the interrelated skills of performance and composition, making an important contribution to a student’s creative and emotional growth. It also develops aural literacy and listening skills, essential to all learning. It aims to evoke powerful emotional responses and solicit expressive and creative outcomes.

Music aims to develop feelings and understandings that may not be verbal and are based on aural experiences.

Through the practical engagement in the interrelated activities of performance, composition and listening, students understand better how music is organised and the real contribution that music can make to their lives. As students develop their own musical skills they are able to broaden their musical knowledge, supporting cultural and multicultural learning.

Key Music Skills:

  • Performance skills – controlling sounds through singing and playing.
  • Composing skills – creating and developing musical ideas through their own compositions and through improvising.
  • Appraising skills – Listening to and responding to music they have heard and communicating ideas and feelings about music.
  • Listening skills – applying a knowledge and understanding of how music is created, performed and heard

Music Road Maps:

Please note,  every subject exercise book your child has contains a subject ‘Burnley High Road Map’ that outlines the content covered, timelines and assessment points for the current year.

Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts explores all elements of production and performance within the world of Theatre, Music and Performance. BTEC Performing Arts at GCSE level allows for students to specialise within their chosen area of either Music, Drama, Dance, Set Design, Make-up and Costume, Lighting and Sound or Musical Theatre.

BTEC Performing Arts allows for students to thoroughly explore their true passions, be individual, unique and their own person. Pupils explore techniques, skills and the art of working as part of a company. Using the EDEXCEL Pearson specification, pupils are able to develop, achieve and deepen all levels of learning with the Arts.

BTEC Performing Arts allows for students to leave ready for the working world, experienced in audition techniques, live performance and dedication needed for a successfully life in the world of the Arts.

Pupils build on their learning and knowledge from KS3 and deepen their application of this within the course. BTEC Performing Arts is accessible and challenging for all levels of learners.

Learners gain knowledge in how to successfully apply for job roles, understanding and interpreting an audition advert. They are skilled in research, modern days community issues and supporting younger learners through practical workshops. Every student will be able to confidently and effectively work with other specialism’s and prepare for full scale productions relying on the planning and production process and developing their communication skills along the way.

All Performing Art’s students have their talents nurtured, the knowledge developed and leave ready for completing a level 3 qualification and the working world.

I love BHS because it really does feel like a family. All staff and students know each other, are extremely supportive of one another and show amazing levels of respect throughout the school. There really isn’t another school like it!”

Miss Yates