Performing Arts

Welcome to Performing Arts!

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Performing Arts contributes to and enriches the school curriculum by developing students’ abilities to work as part of a group, present in any given circumstance, refine performance skills, analyse and evaluate work and develop independent thinking. Performing Arts allows our students to become well-rounded individuals and builds empathy and confidence. It is also important in everyday life and in many forms of employment.

Drama: As a subject in its own right, Drama builds confidence, creativity, and empathy. It places students in situations where they have to problem solve and think about information from different points of view. Students learn about theatre history, theatre development and theatre in context. Drama is more than being famous; it is about an expressive art form that empowers individuals to be creative.

Music: Music at Cheam aims to build confidence, persistence and expression. Students are introduced to music with opportunities to explore numerous instruments and genres throughout Year 7 and 8, which often leads to pursuing instrumental lessons with one of our specialist peripatetic teachers. This then inspires our students to continue expanding their musical understanding through performance, analysis, production and composition. In Music, we aim for students to master a variety of different transferable skillsets and gain new experiences. 

We want all of our students to be confident, skilled and caring individuals that can present themselves clearly and concisely in any given circumstance.

Within the Performing Arts department we aim to set challenging targets with high expectations for all. We believe in individual progression and personalised learning aimed at the individual. We always look at new ways of supporting and challenging students to ensure the highest standards are not only met but exceeded where possible.

At the end of their Performing Arts education at Cheam High School it is our vision that each student will:

  • Experience the satisfaction and enjoyment of their performing arts achievements
  • Be confident working individually and as a member of a group
  • Perform with a level of skill and confidence
  • Be able to analyse and evaluate work
  • Work within a time constraint
  • Develop new skills as well as building upon existing ones.
  • Obtain their best possible results


Our Curriculum

At Key Stage 3, each student has one lesson a week of Drama and Music and are on rotation for Dance. Students are given the foundation knowledge, skills to develop their performing, and evaluating skills. A wide range of topics are studied to ensure all students can access the curriculum and feel a sense of achievement.

At Key Stage 4 students follow:

  • Drama Eduqas GCSE
    • ​​​​​​​Component 1: Devising Theatre
    • Component 2: Performing from a Text
    • Component 3: Interpreting Theatre
  • Music Eduqas GCSE
    • Component 1: Performing Music
    • Component 2: Composing Music
    • Component 3: Appraising Music


At Key Stage 5 students follow:

  • Drama
    • Edexcel GCE Drama and Theatre
  • Music
    • Edexcel BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music (Performance)
    • Edexcel BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music Technology


Enrichment and Extra Curricular Activities

CHEAM114Throughout the year Performing Arts offers a range of extra-curricular activities to ensure students can stretch and challenge themselves beyond the classroom as well support those who wish to have extra assistance in order to meet their target grade. Pupils at KS4 and KS5 are afforded numerous opportunities to attend performances in London.

Every other year we produce a full school musical involving all year groups throughout the school. This is a great way to celebrate the arts and show collaboration across the school. Students have the opportunity to take part both on and off the stage from performing to sound and lighting. This year our school production will be School of Rock!

Here is a list of some of the extra-curricular activities we offer:

  • Dance: Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 Street Dance, Year 11 Dance Club, GCSE Dance Clinic and Sixth Form Dance Club
  • Drama: Year 7 and Year 8 Drama Club, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 Drama Club and Drama Coursework Clinic
  • Music: Annual Battle of the Bands, Vocal Ensembles, Performance Nights, Music Technology Club, Guitar Club, Bandeokee and School Productions

Private instrumental peripatetic lessons are available for a large variety of instruments and are facilitated through Sutton Music Service. The link below will allow you to express interest in a particular instrument and pursue tuition.

Every year we acknowledge students hard work by awarding Arts Badges and Arts Leader Challenge.