Expressive Arts

Ms Platt - Head of Faculty, Teacher of Music
Ms Sherlock - Head of Faculty Learning Support, Teacher of Dance
Miss Scantlebury - Lead Practitioner, Teacher of Drama
Miss Spacey - Teacher of Performing Arts

Key Stage 3

Throughout KS3, students experience the following Subjects: Music, Dance and Drama, on a rotational basis.
Music is an inspiring, practical subject which develops students’ understanding and knowledge in the key areas of performance, composition and listening.  Students study a wide range of genres including World Music, Classical styles and popular styles. 
Dance is a very popular subject which develops students’ understanding and knowledge in the key areas of performance, choreography and technique and analysis of set professional works.  As performers, students are expected to dance without shoes and socks for Health and Safety reasons.
Drama is an exciting subject which develops students’ understanding and knowledge in the key areas of devising, developing, performance skills and acting. It is also integral in building confidence.

Key Stage 4


Students complete three components; Devising Drama, Presenting and Performing a Playtext and an Analysis of a Playtext and a Live Theatre Performance. Students are able to select a performer route or a lighting designer route from the start of the two year course.
Performers will learn about; acting, use of voice and movement skills. Lighting Designers will learn about; rigging, programming and operation of lights, creating a lighting plot, cue sheet and lantern schedules, in addition to developing a design concept for the stage.


GCSE Dance gives students the opportunity to develop practical skills in dance through performance, choreography and analysis.
Components are delivered through a mixture of practical and theory lessons.  Students will understand and create work for practical and written examination as well as controlled assessments.
GCSE Dance consists of the following key areas of study:
Set Study – students perform a set study piece set by the examination board
Solo Composition – students create ideas based on the set study
Solo Performance – students perform work based on themes and ideas learned
Written examination – students are expected to describe and comment upon professional works and aspects of these works including the performance, lighting and costume.
It is essential that GCSE dancers are committed to additional rehearsals throughout the course.


GCSE Music consists of 3 key areas of study:
Listening and Set Works
Performing Music
Composing Music
All units of work are delivered in a practical way so students gain hands-on experience of working with and performing music.  Students will develop solo and ensemble performance skills as well as developing playing techniques and rehearsal practices. Students will also study music theory and appreciation and will study set works which will challenge their skills of analysis and evaluation.

Music Technology

The Level 2 Music Technology course is a practical, hands-on course in which students gain an understanding of a variety of aspects of Music Technology.  They are expected to take part practically and evidence work through a portfolio with a variety of sources of evidence.  Students study sound recording using Garageband and Logic Pro to develop composition ideas, arranging, location recording and multi-track recording.  The course is ideal for those students wanting to study the recording and non-performance side of Music.

Droylsden Academy
Manor Road, Droylsden,
Manchester M43 6QD
T: 0161 301 7600
F: 0161 301 7601