Performing Arts

Head of Department - Miss Mayhew

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The Performing Arts Team

J Mayhew2 Miss Mayhew
I thoroughly enjoy my role as Head of Performing Arts. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing staff, students and practitioners on various Performing Arts projects. INSPIRE Tours and performances are my favourite! We have performed at The Menin Gate in Belgium, toured to Germany and Amsterdam, participated in the 2012 Paralympic Torch Lighting Ceremony, participated in the feature film for Sign2Sing 2017 and many, many more! We are very proud of our students and value talent and commitment to all the Performing Arts disciplines as well as the many production roles that support us so well. We are especially pleased to have used our productions to raise so much money for some very worthy causes.
Pinto L Mrs Pinto
My four years at the Cottesloe school have been really enjoyable, in particular the performances. I love running the choir and orchestra and enjoy creating ensembles for GCSE.

Leach S

Mrs Lansley
I am a Drama teacher and assistant SENCo at the Cottesloe School.  I enjoy supporting students to build in confidence and creativity.  I run a lunchtime drama club, that currently has 29 enthusiastic students, and work closely with the department on school productions.

Peripatetic Staff and Musicians 2019-20
Please note: fees are paid directly to the peripatetic music teacher. If your son/daughter wishes to terminate their lessons, you are required to give half a term's notice to the teacher in writing. You are expected to pay the cost of the lessons until the notice period expires.

Key Stage 3 Performing Arts Schemes of Work 2019-20

Key Stage 4
AQA GCSE Dance Overview 2018-2019

Year 10

Component 1

Component 2


Autumn 1

Performance in a Group.
Choreography of a solo using Holocaust Images

Christopher Bruce

Components of Dance; Performance and Choreographic skills. 
Performance skills and choreographic technique through practice.

Autumn 2

Group Choreography using an object linked to Christmas

Artificial Things
Lucy Bennett

Improvising, creating motif.  Selecting and refining material.
Improving technical and expressive Ability

Spring 1

Performance in a trio Motif Development

of Expression

Appreciation - Motif and development/Timing and sensitivity to other dancers

Spring 2

Performance in a duo.
Choreographic approaches.
Solo choreography in collaboration with a composer from a poem.


Selecting ideas and improvising/developing electing suitable material

Summer 1

Performance Skills

A Linha Curva

Solo choreography.
Response to accompaniment/
Structure, intention, role of dancers

Summer 2

Performance in a duo.
Group choreography based on a journey on public transport.

Within Her Eyes
Site Specific Work

Performing in a duo.
Use of performance environment


Key Stage 4
EDEXCEL GCSE Music Overview Year 2018-2019

Year 10

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Autumn 1

Solo Performance on chosen instrument

Composition brief of either composing a piece for film or a song from a show.

Study of Music for Stage and Screen

Autumn 2

Christmas Ensemble Performance.
Vocal Music performance as a class

Setting lyrics.
Writing an accompaniment.
Writing a song for a show.

Study of Vocal Music

Spring 1

Solo performance – a Classical piece?

Classical composition skills; chords, harmony, melody, cadence, structure

JS Bach

Spring 2

Ensemble Performance

Classical composition creation
(Collaborate with dance?)

L van Beethoven

Summer 1

Ensemble performance of a samba piece
(Perform with dance)

Rhythmic, devices and cross rhythm


Summer 2

Solo and or Ensemble Performance for Summer showcase

Free Composition research and development of ideas.

Afro Celt Sound System