Welcome to the Musical Theatre Department

The Musical Theatre department here at Ashton is the life and soul of the school. Students are given opportunities to learn different performance styles from around the world and learn the art of professional performance. Students will develop their social skills, team work, leadership, communication and confidence.

The department deliver a broad and balanced curriculum up to examination level as well as providing a wide range of extracurricular activities as part of the schools SCAMPS programme.

As part of the SCAMPS programme the Musical Theatre department offer:

  • Band
  • Choir
  • Street Dance club
  • Annual production rehearsals (Lunch times and after school)
  • BTEC catch up sessions for examination classes
  • Dramatic reading club
  • LAMDA qualifications

In addition to this, the department hold three shows yearly; a musical production, Ashton’s got Talent and a Variety show.

Furthermore, there are termly trips to enhance the Musical Theatre curriculum such as visiting the Duke’s Theatre. These trips are thoroughly enjoyed allowing the learners to expand their minds and sample the wider world.

The pupils at Ashton also enjoy helping out in the local community by visiting nursing homes with the school choir at Christmas time and also take an active part in ‘STAR’ (Standing together against Racism), a mass choir charity event.

BMA Music tuition offer peripatetic instrumental lessons for individuals or pairs during school time. They currently offer lessons in piano, guitar, singing and drums. Please see any of the Musical Theatre teaching staff for details.

Year 7

In year 7 students study Music for one hour a week. Students cover the four main areas of the Music curriculum which are appreciation, composing, performance and listening. The students study various topics which include; elements of Music, notation, keyboard skills, singing, instruments of the orchestra and the different genres of Music. Students have the opportunity to work as solo artists as well as in team to achieve their potential. Assessments are carried out after each topic, targets are made and reviewed to track students progress.

Year 8

For the first half of the year students study dance. Topics in Dance include street dance, Musical Theatre, Rock’n’Roll and Bollywood. Students within Dance learn the art of Choreography and carry out tasks as solo artists and teams. For the second half of the year students study Drama. Within Drama the topics include; characterisation, hot seating, improvisation, forum theatre, still image and mime. Students learn the importance of team work and improve their confidence throughout the year. Assessments are carried out after each topic, targets are made and reviewed to track students progress.


Level 1 / 2 First Award BTEC Performing Arts


Year 9

There are two pathways for the Performing Arts course, Acting and Dance. For year 9 you will choose one or the other depending on your chosen route.

In this unit students will:

  • A explore and develop your dance skills and review your own practice
  • B use your dance skills within rehearsal and performance.
  • This unit is all about developing your versatility as a dancer. As part of this
  • development you will be encouraged to develop your physical skills to help you
  • become a stronger and more flexible dancer.


In this unit students will:

  • A explore and develop your acting skills and review your own practice
  • B use your acting skills within rehearsal and performance.
  • This unit is about starting you on your journey to becoming a professional actor. You
  • will be introduced to important acting skills and will learn about the specific demands
  • that acting makes on the body and mind. In particular, you will undertake a
  • programme of regular exercises to help you master the techniques that will enable
  • you to control and use your voice and body to communicate a character or role. As
  • well as physical skills, you will need to use your imagination to create characters or
  • roles. This unit will, therefore, also help you to hone your mental skills.

Year 10

In this unit students will:

  • A take part in the preparations for a live performance
  • B demonstrate performance or production skills and techniques in a performance.
  • In this unit you will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a
  • fictional performance company. You will take on a specific performing or production
  • role and will prepare for, and produce, a performance by carrying out tasks that are
  • appropriate to your role. No matter what role you undertake, you will also need to
  • explore the performance piece you are working on.

Year 11

In this unit students will:

  • A understand the skills required for the selected progression opportunity
  • B present a self-promotional response to the selected progression opportunity.
  • This unit covers what to include in a letter of application and how to prepare audition
  • pieces or presentations that demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge.

Miss K. McClelland

Head of Music & Performing Arts

Mrs S. Barnes

Teacher of Drama

Mr G. Harding

Teacher of Music

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