Sport and Performing Arts Vision

Nurture talent and provide opportunity for every young person in the areas of Drama, Music and Sport to be inspired and achieve success. Enable students to develop the physical, social and emotional skills needed to believe in themselves, show consideration for others and value diversity. Promote a practical engagement in life-long learning.

Performing Arts

Drama, Music, Dance and Physical Education combine to form this exciting and innovative faculty.  Through these four main areas of study students gain confidence and self-awareness through self-expression and evaluation. 

Facilities in the faculty include a Drama Studio, soundproofed Music practice rooms, a recording studio, a general music classroom and music technology suite, gym, fitness suite, newly resurfaced outdoor courts and extensive playing fields.   There is also a designated Dance Studio.

We encourage academic excellence and foster interest in and enjoyment of sport and the Arts, through a multi-cultural approach. Extra-curricular activities are numerous and include Drama club, junior and senior rock bands, choir, concert bands, school productions, Dance club, sports clubs and teams.

The popularity of these subjects has grown over the last five years.  We are justly proud of our students' high achievements in GCSE and ‘A’ Level examinations. 

DRAMA

Aims and Objectives

Drama is a valuable and important part of the school curriculum. It gives our students the opportunities to explore, interpret, express and communicate feelings and ideas. Drama is often associated with ‘play’, especially play that involves pretending to be someone else. This act of ‘play’ is an important element of children’s learning. Drama is playful in that it draws on and develops young people’s aptitude for learning about themselves and the world around them by pretending to be other people in different situations.

Drama is a powerful learning tool for teaching our students about different perspectives, it shows them how to have empathy and it helps them to learn in a creative way. Through Drama, students will gain a self-awareness and appreciation of social, cultural, political and historical contexts.

As a curriculum subject, it gives students a practical knowledge of how Drama works as an art form, with opportunities to investigate a variety of styles of theatre, practitioners and play texts. Drama has many cross-curricular links to support study in a range of areas such as with other Art subjects and English.

Drama is the perfect vehicle to develop the vital skills of independence, appreciation, concentration, co-operation, confidence, creativity, commitment, communication and critical thinking. These skills aid the platform for success in the future world.

Course Outline – Key Stage 3

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught Drama for one lesson each week. In Year 9, pupils have the option to continue the study of the subject at GCSE level. Lessons are both theoretical and practical and are focused on developing a range of knowledge, skills and techniques. The subject is taught on a thematic basis, with the emphasis on the development of ‘The Key Concepts of Drama’, ‘Performance Skills’ and Drama Techniques’. Characterisation is explored through improvisation and script work both individually and in groups. Students are taught how to engage imaginatively and intelligently with a variety of stimuli and conventions. Assessment is based on three areas: making, performing and evaluating.

Course Outline- Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama is a two year course. At Sele, we study the AQA specification, the subject content is divided into three components:

1) Understanding Drama (40%) - Students will explore a set text and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding during a written exam. The exam also requires students to analyse and evaluate a ‘live’ or recorded theatre performance.

2) Devising Drama (40%) - Students work in a group to create and perform an original piece inspired by stimulus. Students are assessed as performers. A Devising Log is complete which analyses the process of creating the piece and evaluates the work produced.

3) Texts in Practice (20%) - Students will perform two extracts from a free choice of play that contrasts with the set text in Component 1. The performances are assessed externally by a visiting examiner. 

Course Outline- Key Stage 5

AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies are exciting and hugely rewarding courses. They inspire students to become independent theatre makers with the skills they need to go in to higher education, whether that is to study a course in Drama and Theatre or a host of other subjects.

AS: This consists of an external written exam worth 40% of the AS grade. There is one question on a given extract from a set play and one question on the work of a theatre maker in a single live theatre production seen. 60% of the course is a practical exploration and theatrical interpretation of two extracts taken from two different plays. A portfolio is created to analyse and evaluate the practical work. The practical piece is performed to an external examiner.

A2: This consists of an external written exam worth 40% of the A2 grade. There is one question on one set play, one question on a given extract from another set play and finally one question on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production seen. 30% of the course is a practical devised performance with a working notebook. The final 30% is a practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts with the influence of a practitioner. There is a reflective report to analyse and evaluate the practical work. The final practical piece is performed to an external examiner.

BTEC Level 3 National in Performing Arts: This is an exciting new qualification to be offered at Sele. It will enable students to study more than one Performing Art, whether there be an interest in Musical Theatre or Acting. The course covers a study of practitioners, developing skills and techniques for live performance, Performing Arts in the community, employment opportunities in Performing Arts, individual and group performances and a final performance to an audience. Teachers, on reflection of the cohort of students, will select an option from Musical Theatre or Acting for assessment. 

How can you support your child/resources?

The more performance students are introduced to, the more able they will become in developing their skills. Useful websites such as National Theatre’s official website offer a wide range of activities and ideas to develop and perform, BBC Bitesize also includes pages on key practitioners, terms and script studies. Hertford Theatre, Gordon Craig Theatre, The Barn Theatre, Watford Palace Theatre and London Fringe Theatres offer some excellent choices for young people today. The Drama Department also has access to live theatre recordings from Digital Theatre plus as well as from The National. 

Extra-Curricular

Those students who are talented in Drama are encouraged to join clubs both in and out of school. Those that show significant talent are put forward to audition for the most prestigious ‘National Youth Theatre’. This can lead to opportunities to perform on the West End Stage. Most Able students are also put forward to the County Youth Theatre at Watford Palace Theatre.

Lower and Upper School Drama clubs take place on a weekly basis. Students have the opportunity to perform in showcase evenings and directed school productions. The quality and standard of Drama work at Sele is commendable. If students enjoy what they do, they put the effort in, resulting in outstanding outcomes. 

MUSIC

Aims and Objectives 

Welcome to the Sele School Music Department. We aim to develop Music as an integral part of the whole school community, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our objective is to give students the opportunity to experience Music from a wide range of traditions in order to develop an intellectual curiosity about how Music can help us connect with each other and the wider world. We aim to provide a rich and diverse Music curriculum that encourages our students to be creative, skilled and expressive musicians.

Music at Sele offers a vast number of academic and practical transferrable skills, as well as a stable and structured environment to develop talent and creativity. 

Inside the classroom 

KS3

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught Music for one lesson each week. Every lesson will focus on one of the three main components of music - performing, composing and appraising. Students will experience playing and learning about a range of different instruments, composing in different styles using computer notation software and practising their listening and appraising skills through the study of a wide range of musical styles and traditions. 

Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

7

Introducing

Keyboards

Rhythm & Pulse

Film Music

Form & Structure

Musicals

8

The Blues

Soundtrap

Musical Futures

Folk Music

Variations

Hooks & Riffs

9

Pop Music

Noteflight

Orchestral Music

Instrumental Skills

Composition Project

Performance Project

KS4

Students can opt to study music at GCSE through years 10 and 11. We use the Eduqas GCSE specification and continue to develop the three main components of music introduced in KS3 - performing, composing and appraising. 30% of the GCSE is gained through students completing two performances on their chosen instrument – one solo and one ensemble. 30% of the GCSE is gained through students completing two compositions – one free choice and one from a set brief. 40% of the GCSE is gained through a listening exam in Year 11. The theoretical content for the exam is based on two set works as well as four main areas of study including ‘Musical Forms & Devices’, ‘Music For Ensemble’, ‘Film Music’ and ‘Popular Music’. 

Outside the classroom 

All students at have the opportunity to join the School Choir which is open to singers of all abilities. We aim to provide an opportunity for students to perform in concerts throughout the year, as well as go on trips and experience music outside of the classroom. Practise rooms can be booked at break and lunch and students are actively encouraged to practise independently to develop their musical interests.

We offer a range of instrumental lessons to all students through Herts Music Service. Please email jmaundrell@sele.herts.sch.uk for more information. 

Physical Education

Please go the Physical Education page for more information about this element of the Performing Arts Faculty.