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The Arts: Dance

The Arts faculty are committed to developing an engaging and relevant curriculum that ensures students are able to creatively express themselves and develop confidence and appreciation within the Arts. We also believe in the importance of learning about the Arts as a result of practical engagement within each area (learning by doing), led by either the class teacher or by professional artists who come in to provide workshops throughout the year. Our commitment to the Arts was recognised in 2012 when we were judged as being an Artsmark Gold school by the Arts Council. This was also recognised by Ofsted in 2016…

‘Excellent provision both in and outside lessons in the visual and performing arts is supporting pupil’s high achievement in these areas.’

Welcome & Ethos

“Dance allows us to speak a language that words cannot express”

Studying Dance in school gives students the freedom to be expressive, creative and imaginative.
Dance at Nunnery Wood aims to excite and inspire. We believe that Dance offers students the chance to succeed and achieve whilst developing confidence, self-belief, creativity and collaborative skills.

We feel it is of equal importance to offer our students exciting opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Throughout Key Stage 3 students experience a vast range of dance styles through choreography, performance and critiquing dance. We provide an extensive range of extra-curricular activities giving students the opportunity to be involved in shows, musicals and performances. There are weekly clubs for all year groups including our own boys dance company Limitless. We have strong links with primary schools and offer our students opportunities to work with primary school pupils through the Dance Enrichment programme.

Our students are given opportunities to participate in annual dance festivals, including; Worcestershire Dancing Festival, GCSE Dance Sharing Outstanding Practice, Circuit Dance Festival and Worcester Dance Festival. Students are also given the opportunity to work with external Dance specialists and companies. Examples include; Flexus Dance Collective, Fuzzy Logic Dance Company, Rubix Dance, 2Faced Dance Company and Rambert Dance Company. Theatre trips and outings to various Dance venues are regularly organised including; Pineapple Dance Studios, London’s West End, Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange, Artrix Theatre and Malvern Theatre. Visiting these venues enables students to see live performances and shows, along with the opportunity to participate in workshops.

Context of the Subject

Dance is the language of the body and enables students to communicate and express themselves in a standalone, unique form. It is both empowering and inspiring encouraging students to develop their physical, creative, emotional and intellectual capacity. All students are encouraged to aspire and succeed whatever their previous experience. The study of dance is character building and teaches core life skills including; confidence, problem solving, collaboration, organisational and reasoning skills. Dance in education teaches students to be inclusive, not exclusive, therefore promoting a sense of community and partnership.

Staffing Structure

Curriculum Leader
Miss H Sharpe
Email: h.sharpe@nunnerywood.worcs.sch.uk
Phone: 01905 363653

Team Structure
Curriculum Leader for the Arts
Curriculum Leader for Dance
1 Part time Teacher of Dance
1 Performing Arts Teaching Assistant/Technician

Curriculum Facilities

1 large studio theatre equipped with a mirrored wall, sprung floor, orchestral pit, sound and lighting box, lighting rig, inbuilt sound system, retractable seating of 280 seats. A folding wall divides the studio into two rooms for day to day teaching of Dance and Drama. For performances the wall slides away and the space opens into one extra-large performance space.