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Performing Arts Specialism

The Avon Valley School has successfully maintained its Performing Arts status since it moved into the new building back in September 2007. Each of the disciplines, Dance, Drama and Music, strive to ensure that students develop creativity and make good academic progress whilst taking part in consistently enjoyable and interesting lessons.

Each of the subjects are very popular amongst the students and the numbers electing to study Performing Arts subjects at Key Stage 4 remain consistently high. In September 2016 we adopted a ‘Three Year Key Stage 4’ which allows students to select their GCSE subjects in Year 8, ready to begin studying them from Year 9. This will allow students the opportunity to develop their skills to a significantly higher level prior to commencing examination content in Year 10 and 11. Alongside these optional GCSE subjects, all Year 9 students will study the Arts Award in Year 9, giving further opportunity to develop creativity whilst completing a nationally recognised qualification. All Key Stage 3 students receive timetables lessons in each of the Performing Arts disciplines and there are a number of extra-curricular clubs available for those who would like to develop their abilities further.

In recent years The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College has developed a reputation for staging musical theatre performances of an incredibly professional standard. Each of our shows, A Christmas Carol, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Beauty and the Beast, included over 100 students from various age groups in performance, back stage or front of house capacities. These performances have all been incredibly well received by the public, becoming real focal points within the local community. Main cast performers have taken part in workshops with local primary school children and special matinee performances have been organised for the residents of a local care home.

Although we work incredibly hard with students within a classroom context, staff also appreciate the need for students to experience Performing Arts in a variety of other contexts. In recent years a number of trips have been organised including residential trips to London where students have experienced West End shows and taken part in workshops at Pineapple Dance Studios. There are also frequent visits to Birmingham to view a variety of shows such as Mary Poppins, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker or The National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors. We have also been able to collaborate with Warwick Arts Centre to showcase the talents of our male dancers. These dance shows have been incredibly popular and have been attended by audiences from all across the West Midlands.

The Performing Arts Faculty are an incredibly impassioned and motivated team that have trained at some of the country’s best institutions. The years of training that each individual teacher has undertaken leave them with a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to pass on to students.

Due to our specialist status we are proud to be able to admit 10% of each new cohort based on the aptitude, or potential, in the Performing Arts. Admissions information and the application form can be accessed by clicking here.

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