Performing Arts & PE


Curriculum Leader:

Subject Leaders:


Teaching Staff:



  • Instrumental/vocal staff:
  • Flute - Lesley Wildey
  • Clarinet - Faye Tyler
  • Piano - Nick Bradshaw
  • Piano - John Collis
  • Voice - Emily Elias
  • Voice - Sharon Mari
  • Guitar - Thomas Emery
  • Violin - Jo Grainger
  • Trumpet and French Horn - Martin Grainger
  • Drum Kit - Nick Bradshaw
  • Cello - Abi Trundle
  • Saxophone - Jessica Martin

Instrumental/vocal groups:
    • Senior Choir
    • Sydenham Singers
    • Year 7 and 8 Choir
    • Orchestra
    • String Group
    • Flute Group
    • Guitar group
    • Brass ensemble
    • Flute Group
    • Swing Band
    • Sax Ensemble
    • Clarinet Group
    • Guitar Club
    • Ukulele Club
    • Keyboard Club
    • Rock School

Performing Arts and PE Faculty is vibrant and creative. We aim to give our students a broad and exiting curriculum which opens the world of Performing Arts and PE. We aim to help students become active individuals who have the confidence to achieve and who make a positive contribution to society.



"Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence," sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz once said. Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity.


Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. This ability of the performing arts to embrace all subject disciplines and social activities empowers pupils with the skills needed to communicate more effectively in whatever profession they end up involved in.


From the very beginnings of the performing arts education, the importance of self-expression to artists was emphasised. The theatre, dance, music and other performing arts can teach people how to express themselves effectively, and can also be a tool through which people can communicate. In addition to teaching self-expression, the performing arts help society as a whole in self-knowledge and understanding. Theatre and the performing arts teach society about itself, hoping to point out the attitudes and mindsets of current society. It can be a tool used to educate people about their current conditions.


One of the reasons why there are so many performing arts colleges in cities and that they are often seen as important educational centres, is that the performing arts teach us about our history and educate us in other ways.


Above all else, the performing arts are about being creative. Without a creative voice, a society may become all but dead inside, and a social group without any creativity is likely to be repressive and tyrannical rather than a force for good. The importance of having people in society who can express themselves creatively is without doubt. Biologists have argued that the formation of creativity was the most important step in human development, and that society cannot move forward without creative people. It is vital that performing arts continue to be nurtured and encouraged. Education can inadvertently militate against creativity. The challenge for teachers, parents and schools is therefore to keep that creativity alive. We believe we are the forefront of that fight with our thriving Dance, Drama, Music and P.E departments.

Students wishing to obtain qualifications in Music, Drama, Dance or PE can opt to study GCSE, AS, A2 and BTEC at KS4 and KS5. All teachers in each department offer specialist teaching in their subject area which is evident in our outstanding results. Students are able to pursue interests further through a wide range of extra curricular events, trips, workshops, performances and clubs. Please contact Polly Barker, Curriculum Leader of Performing Arts and P.E, for any more information regarding courses and productions.




Students from Year 8 interview Simon Stephens about his adaptation of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime'. Over 150 students saw the production and worked on the play in their Maths, English and Drama lessons.

useful links