Leeds West Academy


Performing Arts

Performing Arts is where you can nurture your creative talents and be pushed to reach the highest standards in dance or drama. Whether as a performer, creator or technician, our dual specialism is the launchpad to your career in the performing arts industry.

You will be successful in this area team as we have a fantastic record of high achievement in all of the disciplines. It is also a field in which you can develop confidence to express yourself as a unique individual with the support of highly trained teachers, some of whom have worked as professional dancers, actors or musicians themselves.

Embrace many opportunities to develop new skills and to perfect talents in and out of curriculum time. Learn how to programme an industry standard lighting desk or dance as part of a touring company; become a fantastic solo singer or get a band together; perform in a cutting edge theatre, or learn from professional artists; travel to see live drama and dance productions or fly a trapeze. Whatever you do, throw yourself into lessons with this team and just have fun!

We have a huge range of courses to suit every learner from vocational learning to GCSEs. Students can gain points at both key stages; they are guided into courses which best suit their learning style and it is the expectation that all students will soar to success. Performing Arts has the best track record of achievement in examinations and we do this by respecting every learner and every learner’s aspirations in performance.

Strong tradition and deserved excellent reputation for Performing Arts

Excellent progression rates onto Performing Arts degrees, with students gaining places at highly regarded conservatoires and colleges such as the world renown LIPA

Wide range of both academic and vocational performing and production arts courses available, providing the ultimate preparation for all aspects of performance including production, promotion, performing and back-stage
ALPS “excellent” rating for Performing Arts and Production Arts courses – top 25% of providers nationally

Benefit from first rate teaching from highly skilled, committed professionals

Recent LWA sixth form students proceeding to lead TV roles include Danny Breeze (BBC’s In The Club) and Charlie May Clark (Channel 4’s No Offence, BBC’s South Riding and ITV’s Just Henry)

Constant opportunities to take part in all aspects of academy productions; from making the set and costumes, through directing, choreographing and promoting, to performing and running the technical side of shows

Courses in PA

Key Stage 4

  • Key Stage 4 GCSE Drama OCR
  • GCSE Dance AQA
  • BTEC Performing Arts (?????)

Term By Term Schemes of Work

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Key Stage 3

 Year 7

Half Term / Topic

Learning Outcomes


HT1: Improvisation

This unit ensures that our students begin to feel comfortable in Drama and begin to develop rapport and relationships in the group that they are placed in. Improvisation games, role-play, prop analysis and spontaneity is at the heart of this unit. 

Final Performance on Improvisation and Evaluation

HT2: Pantomime

Towards the festive season, students begin to take on a range of melodramatic and exaggerated characters in preparation to perform their own devised pantomime. This unit allowed students to contribute their own ideas whilst developing their skills and knowledge within the pantomime world.

Final devised performance of a chosen Pantomime script and Evaluation

HT3: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has been a smash hit across the country this year with a U.K tour. In line with its hard-hitting themes, context and characters, students explore the play through script to distinguish the story and develop characterisation strategies.

Final Scripted Performance of an extract from the lay and Evaluation.

HT4: Spooky Stories

Within half term 4, students are asked to create meaning from a dark and dreary stimulus. Students have the chance to explore “Body as Prop” and physical theatre to create a Haunted House spectacle!

Devised Performance based on ‘Body as Prop’ and Evaluation

HT5: Performance Poetry

In line with the GCSE Drama and BTEC performing arts criteria students must be able to devise from text. This is why this unit is extremely important for students to explore different poems and their themes and create deeper meaning. Students will have the opportunity to devise using different drama devices such as thought tracking, flash back, flash-forwards and narration.

Devised Performance using a range of different devices and Evaluation.

HT6: Musical Theatre 

Within the final half term of year 7 the students will explore a musical theatre scheme of work which focuses on three different musicals. This scheme of work will give the students opportunity to trial singing, dancing and acting at the same time whilst understanding that all musicals can fall under different genres. 

Performance based on developing Musical Theatre techniques.


Year 8


Half Term / Topic

Learning Outcomes


HT1: Greek Theatre

Year 8 are transported to Grecian times, 545 BC, where Drama was used to celebrate the different stages of life. Students will have the chance to create their own Greek chorus, re-invent and modernise Greek Myth and use masks and costume to take on several different well-known roles 

Devised Performance using Greek Theatre skills and Evaluation

HT2: Macbeth

The students then move on 1000 years later to the time of William Shakespeare. Macbeth follows the story of a wannabe King who believes everything he is told, pressured in to making the wrong decisions which then results in his own death. Students will explore the story through the timeless script extracts and find ways to modernise and adapt the work to fit a new generation.

Scripted performance of Macbeth’s final scene and Evaluation.

HT3: Melodrama

This scheme of work will allow students to develop their exaggerated emotions and stereotypical characters through melodramatic exercises and story-telling. Students will be assessed on their capability to exaggerate and present an over the top nature.

Devised Performance using Melodramatic Skills and Evaluation.

HT4: Intro to Stan

Within this unit the students with have their first taste of naturalism, exploring significant exercises to support their journey in to becoming convincing actors. Stanislavski will prepare the students to embrace their emotions and develop characterisation strategies.

Scripted Performance and Evaluation

HT5: Intro to Brecht

The Introduction to Brecht will allow students to broaden their capabilities in detaching emotions rather than having an emotional involvement in their characters. This scheme greatly differs from Stanislavski and ill allows students to rely on audience understanding rather than it’s actors. 

Scripted Performance and Evaluation

HT6: Saw it in the Papers

Based on a true story, the students finish their Key Stage 3 experience with a devising unit, which solely encompasses all their knowledge from their last two years. Students will unpick key information from a large poem, whilst understanding it’s context through PHSCE, to create a piece of work infused with a varied amount of drama devices.

Devised Performance and Evaluation


Key Stage 4

 GCSE Drama (OCR)


Term / Topic

Learning Outcomes


Year 9

Term 1: Introduction to Practitioners and Key Skills

Students will develop knowledge on key practitioners to support their key skills and acting ability. Students will understand the values and theories or Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht and Konstantin Stanislavski.

Scripted Performance in the style of a Practitioner

Term 2: Introduction to Devising

Students will begin to understand the approach to devising and the key steps a director and actor needs to take when creating their own work. Students will look at the stimulus ‘FAME’ and apply key devices and techniques to convey the theme.

Devised performance following exploration.

Written Working Record.


Term 3: Introduction to Presenting and Performing Texts and Performance and Response.

Students will explore the text ‘Missing Dan Nolan’ by Mark Wheeler and explore their acting ability whilst becoming familiar with the how to answer the written exam.

Scripted Performance and Written Mock Exam,





Year 10

Half Term 1: Key Skills

Students will re cap the three units using different scripts based on the theme ‘Mental Health’ Students will re cap their devising and scripted skills.

Scripted Performance and Concept Proforma Mock

Half Term 2 and 3: Introduction to Blood Brothers

Students will begin to understand their key text for the written exam. They will explore this practically as well theoretically and will have a mock exam based on their learning of different scenes and characterisation.

Practical Exploration and Written Mock Exam

Half Term 4, 5 and 6

Students will complete their Devising Unit Exam against a chosen stimuli from the exam board. Students will pick a stimulus and work as a group to create their own piece of theatre, applying all the relevant skills they have learnt in year 9 and 10. Students will also write 2000 words or a visual document of their process in creating their piece of drama which is evaluative.

 Devised performance following exploration.

Written Working Record.








Year 11 









Term 1: Presenting and Performing Texts

Students will re-cap scripted techniques and then choose two extracts from a studied play to learn for their external exam. They will work as a group or individually to rehearse their extract and make progress in understanding their character. They have to accompany this with a document that outlines their process or characterisation and their chosen concepts.

March External Exam




Term 2: Blood Brothers Recap



Students will theoretically focus on the written exam element of the course. They will focus on different adaptation and process the meaning of semiotics and proxemics.

Summer Examination (1 hour 30 minute paper)



Term 3: Live Review


Students will be taken to see a live piece of theatre which they will then evaluate for the second half of their written exam. They will understand the reasoning behind theatre and the importance of having different roles and responsibilities when developing the technical and directive aspects.

Summer Examination 1 hour 30 minute paper)


GCSE Dance



For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Miss Amy Newsham newsam.A@whiteroseacademies.org (Head of Performing Arts)