Music Drama & Dance
Department Staff Members
The Performing Arts at S. Peter’s promote and develop a relationship between school, students, parents/carers, educational partners and the community which is central to the ethos of our school and to the vision of an inclusive Arts provision for all. It is dynamic, motivational, spiritual and exciting. Many of our students go on to study the arts in higher education and we watch with pride as students go on to establish themselves in their areas of interest.
All students in KS3 study music and drama. Students have a wider range of choices in Year 9 with GCSE music and drama, dance and artsaward. There is a qualified artsaward assessor in the Department and the Silver artsaward course is offered to Year 9 as a one year foundation course before progressing to either Music, Drama or Performing Arts Courses in Yr 10 & 11. Curriculum attainment in the Arts is extremely high and a large percentage of the school student population opt to pursue an arts based GCSE or BTEC course in KS4. Level 3 sixth form courses are taught in partnership with the consortium schools and further details can be found in the consortium options booklet.
Music GCSE – OCR
Music A Level – Edexcel
BTEC Performing Arts – Edexcel
Drama GCSE –
Theatre Studies A Level –
As part of Wolverhampton’s BSF programme, a new Music Department for S. Peter’s is currently under construction and is due to be completed by January 2014. This exciting new space will give us a range of new facilities including a recital room, ensemble room, two large teaching rooms, recording studio and four practise rooms. In addition to this the department will be equipped with 21st Century IT facilities.
The Hayward Theatre
Fully equipped with sound and lighting to industry standards and capable of seating 200 audience members with fully retractable tiered seating, the theatre is used regularly for musical productions, plays, dancing and concerts.
The Drama Studio
Adjoining the Hayward theatre is a Drama Studio used for teaching and rehearsing.
We place great emphasis on music making at S.Peter’s. Each child is given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and our dedicated team of Instrumental Teachers from Wolverhampton Music School currently teach over 200 students from Year 7 through to 13 on a weekly basis. Accreditation for exams is through either ABRSM or the Trinity and Guildhall exam boards.
Each child receiving instrumental tuition also participates in the successful Extra-Curricular music programme, ensuring that the ensemble and social needs of our students are also met.
Community and Partnerships
Involving our students in the community is a growing element of Performing Arts at S.Peter’s. Through the curriculum they are encouraged to visit and review exhibitions and productions at local and regional venues, whilst co-curricular work sees students performing at events including: School Concerts, residential trips, concerts within local parishes, regional and national festivals, the Local Education Authority’s Wolverhampton Annual Peer Mentor Celebration, Civic Occasions such as Armed Forces Day in St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton and many others. We work hard to seek out the best opportunities for our students and in recent years the school has had groups perform in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Town Hall, Lichfield Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.
Click here and Look at our Performing Arts News blog to get a flavour of some of the music, drama and dance activities available to S. Peter’s students.