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Performing Arts

Curriculum Intent

The aim of the Performing Arts department at Ormiston Victory Academy is to nurture and guide our students to become independent, creative individuals. There are so many situations and environments where the skills developed in performing arts are invaluable. It is our intention to help our learners develop a strong sense of self- worth, confidence and resilience – all of which are traits that will help our young people to thrive as the grow, no matter what their aspirations. Our department offers a wide range of opportunities, including theatre visits both locally and in the West End, workshops with professional practitioners and the opportunity to perform on a professional stage as part of our involvement with the annual RSC Regional Playmaking Festival. As part of the Ormiston Trust in the East, we have developed a partnership with Norwich Theatre Royal, working closely with their education department, which gives our students many local opportunities to work with the professional world. Regular performances are produced under our production company – Victory Façade and these include an annual full scale production and concerts.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 and 8, students will study Dance, Drama and Music on a rotation.

Key Stage 4

Tech Award Performing Arts

The AQA Technical Award in Performing Arts gives students the opportunity to experience the Performing Arts industry in a meaningful way through active participation in performance work. Year 9 will be spent developing skills, learning about practitioners, and discovering the world of performing arts. In Year 10 students will complete the first unit; Unlocking Creativity, which allows them to explore a performing and production role in more depth. Year 11 sees the completion of Unit 2, where students choose either a performance or production role while working as a member of a company. They will also sit the Unit 3 written examination.

Course Outline:

PER 1: Unlocking Creativity - Research
- Idea development
- Planning and budgeting
- Presentation (skills and content)
- Transferable skill of communication
Coursework: Internally assessed Pitch presentation and written portfolio. Summer Term of Year 10
Retakes: Autumn Term Year 11
PER 2: The Performance/Production Working as a member of a company, plan, rehearse and perform to a brief set by the examination board. Coursework: A key performance or production role in a performance based on one of five performance briefs Internally assessed Spring Term Year 11
Retakes: n/a
PER 3: The Performing Arts Experience Students will sit a written examination which covers all aspects of the performing arts industry Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of Technical Award Summer Term Year 10
Retakes: Summer Term Year 11

All students wishing to take Performing Arts as an option will be required to:

  • Involve themselves in at least 2 performing art activities that are offered each year.
  • Prepare an audition piece if they have not been involved in any performances to date

Key Stage 5

Students at Ormiston Victory Academy have the opportunity to study Performing Arts as an A-Level subject. Learners will study the OCR Cambridge Technical Award in Performing Arts, following the Musical Theatre pathway. This 2 year course leads to a ‘Diploma in Performing Arts’ which is the equivalent to two A -Levels. 

Students study Dancing, Singing and Acting techniques, along with Arts Administration. 

Please click on the link below for the specification. 

Progression Mapping

Performing Arts Subject Progression Pathways


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