Performing Arts

We are proud to say that we have an outstanding history of Performing Arts here at The Hayfield School. Many of our past students work in radio, television and theatre and a number have attended Drama schools in London.

During your Performing Arts lessons we aim to inspire your imagination, to encourage you to work well and communicate with others and to provide opportunities for you to explore the world through a range of fun, active lessons.

The subject will mainly focus on the following disciplines:

Performance – Music, Drama, Dance

Production – Composition, Devising, Choreography, Original Writing, Stage Management

Enrichment / Extra-Curriculum

  • Perform, a club for those that want to build on the skills and experiences of timetabled Performing Arts lessons.
  • Opportunities for students who wish to develop back-stage and technical abilities. 
  • Live theatre trips
  • Community performances (for example, to local care homes)
  • External performances with Doncaster Music Hub and other agencies


For all students we aim to use the Performing Arts as a tool to help develop confident, creative individuals. The skills that they develop will help them to achieve elsewhere in their school life and beyond. For some students the Performing Arts – whether as a musician, actor or dancer – will become a life-long passion fuelled by the exciting formative experiences we offer.
Performing Arts is taught as a discreet subject, by specialist staff for one full hour per week. Pupils start with an introduction to the core skills of Music, Dance and Drama including;

  • Performance techniques in all three areas
  • Working with script
  • Devising and improvising
  • Collaborative skills & rehearsal discipline
  • Production & stage management

The topics students may encounter and explore throughout the key stage include;

Year 7:

  • The origins and importance of the Performing Arts in a range of cultures
  • Performing as part of an ensemble in music, dance and drama
  • The benefits of the Performing Arts for mental health and wellbeing
  • Musical Theatre (Oliver!, Matilda, The Lion King)

Year 8:

  • Music production & advertising
  • Self-expression through the Performing Arts
  • Musical Theatre (Shrek the Musical)
  • Responding to a performance brief
  • World dance styles

Year 9:

  • Theatre in Education
  • Set texts in all three disciplines – such as Blood Brothers (Willy Russell), West Story (Leonard Bernstein & Jerome Robbins), Phoenix Dance Theatre
  • Silent movies and melodrama
  • Scripted and devised performance


Performing Arts at KS3 is predominantly practical but written and line learning homework as well as individual rehearsal will be set when appropriate.

Useful Websites

Further Information

Year 7 and 8 Wednesday Lunch time club (Subject to change)
Year 9, 10, 11 Monday and Tuesday Lunch time Club (Subject to change)                      
All years after school club is on a Thursday 3:30pm – 4:45pm (Subject to change)

The Curriculum Team

Ms A Lloyd
Teacher of Performing Arts/Dance
Mrs M Cutler
Subject Leader of Performing Arts
Ms S Preston
Dance Instructor
Mrs C Hunt
Teacher of Performing Arts