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:

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.

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Year 10

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Year 11

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Miss K. McClelland

Subject Leader for Musical Theatre

Mrs. S. Barnes

Teacher of Drama

Mrs. J. Yates

Teacher of Drama

Mr. G. Harding

Teacher of Music

Musical Theatre