Performing & Expressive Arts

Specialist Status in the Performing Arts

Kingsdale was designated as a Specialist School in the Performing Arts in 2005. Only two years later, Courtney Pine OBE, the internationally renowned jazz saxophonist, opened our new Music School. The financing for this fantastic facility was party achieved using the specialist status capital project grant.

Within this uniquely designed building are five large teaching rooms, a performance area, a recording studio and seven practice rooms of varying sizes.

A new Drama suite has been developed and together with a beautiful new theatre, five teaching spaces, offices and storage rooms have been created.

The Art Department is the third of the specialist status subjects, and new and refurbished rooms now provide facilities for 3D Sculpture, Fine Art and Textiles and Photography.

All students at Key Stage 3 now have timetabled lessons in each of the Performing and Expressive Arts subjects.

With this marvellous accommodation and equally impressive state of the art resources, this faculty now offers a full range of subject choices at GCE,GCSE and BTEC (Level 2 & 3) for our Key Stage 4 and 5 students. The annual grant provided by specialist status designation has enabled the school to provide extra teaching staff, brand new resources and funds for projects and performances in school and with primary schools in our community.

Attainment and Achievement

Attainment in the Performing and Expressive Arts subjects is the best in the borough and contributes significantly to whole school targets and achievements. 75% of our Key Stage 4 students successfully follow at least one examination course at Key Stage 4 and this percentage increases year on year.

Attainment at both Key Stages consistently exceeds the expected value added predictions and the targets set by the school.

Individual students regularly gain recognition as being in the top 5% of students nationally in GCSE examinations. Large numbers of students also achieve nationally recognised examinations, such as ABRSM, Trinity, Rock School and LCM for Musical Theatre.

Enrichment and Entitlement

The number of students receiving scholarships and individual instrument tuition increases every year. The school selects up to 15% of its intake through the scholarship scheme. A full scholarship is worth over £1,000 to the student each year.

32 peripatetic teachers in Music provide individual lessons to students each week. Visiting professional artists and performers enrich the curriculum and student experiences in the arts. The Performing and Expressive Arts subjects offer a staggering range of clubs and activities that run during lunch times, after school, Saturday afternoons and many evenings.

Teaching and Learning

The standard of teaching in the Performing and Expressive Arts is consistently very good or outstanding. This has been recognised by Ofsted and throughout the school. The sharing of best practice is a regular theme of staff meetings where transferable teaching strategies and skills from the Performing and Expressive Arts are discussed and evaluated.

The creative output of students in all year groups is enhanced through the learning styles adopted in Performing and Expressive Arts teaching. Strong cross-curricular links have been established with many subjects and regular Performing and Expressive Arts input into whole school activities such as assemblies is embedded as normal practice at Kingsdale Foundation School.

The Performing and Expressive Arts subjects are often the first curriculum areas that EMA students can successfully access and quickly achieve in.

Community Links

The number of high quality public performances generated by Music in has had and continues to have, a major bearing on the positive relationship the school enjoys with our community. We have many ongoing collaborative projects with feeder primary schools; the most outstanding of these being the annual Summer Music Festival, now in its 17th year, which features up to seven other schools joining Kingsdale students and staff performing on stage together. Such links have raised awareness of the quality of the performance, in a wide range of performing arts productions in the borough and throughout London and the South East.

The horizons are for ever widening and this academic year Kingsdale performers will be returning to the international stage. the Music Department has toured extensively in Namibia in southern Africa and Rio in Brazil giving concerts and participating in workshops.

For many of the students involved this will was an opportunity of a lifetime and one that this Faculty through its Specialist Status recognition, intends to maintain.

 
 
 

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