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Performing Arts

Updated September 2015

We Will Rock You


1. Brief introduction to subject aims/description

The department aims to open up a world of music to all students and regularly stages performances and productions as well as providing music for school and community events. Throughout their school careers, Crawshaw students can get involved with music-making through various different ensembles/choirs and are able to study music through to KS5. In addition to classroom-led lessons, a team of six peripatetic instrumental/vocal tutors delivers tuition on a weekly basis in the school. 


2. Head of Subject

Catherine Davidson- Faculty Leader Performance


3. Subject Teachers

Peter Brand- Teacher of Music


Krish Thiruchelvam- peripatetic Guitar teacher

Ben Sharp- peripatetic Drum Teacher

Rebecca Morgan- peripatetic Woodwind teacher

Georgia Jakubiak- peripatetic Voice teacher

Gareth James- peripatetic Keyboard/Piano teacher

Terry Casey- peripatetic Brass teacher


4. Curriculum overview including links to exam board specifications

KS3 Music

KS3 Curriculum content 

KS4 Music

The faculty delivers AQA GCSE in Music.

KS5 Music

The faculty delivers Level 3 BTEC Music.

Enrichment in Music

The main ensembles rehearse weekly. There are opportunities for students to participate in academy performances and concerts every half term as well as an annual academy production. Musicians are invited to enter for external music exams (ABRSM) and experience great success. We embark annually on ‘CrawTour’ where we spend two days taking a performance out on tour to local primary schools. We are pleased to be associated with the Leeds United Foundation and perform at their annual charity awards event. In addition, staff organise visits to the theatre as well as workshops with leading practitioners.



1. Brief introduction to subject aims/description

Drama has an important role to play in education; building the confidence and self-esteem of young people, challenging them to think about social, economic and political matters in modern society. The Drama department provides students the opportunity to develop their listening, inter-personal and communication skills as well as their performance skills, through regular performances and practical work. 


2. Head of Faculty

Catherine Davidson- Faculty Leader for Performance

Sally Cimadoro- Assistant Programme Leader for Performance


3. Subject Teachers

Kate Elmer - Teacher of Drama


4. Curriculum overview including links to exam board specifications

KS3 Drama

KS3 - Curriculum content

KS4 Drama

The department delivers the OCR GCSE in Drama.

KS5 Drama

The department delivers the Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)

Enrichment in Performing Arts

The Medusa Dance Company

Medusa is an innovative and creative dance company, based at Crawshaw Academy. Using a diverse range of classical, modern and global dance techniques; you can expect to see a range of styles from Medusa including Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Commercial and Lyrical Acro. The company formed in September 2013 and trains twice weekly to perform in school concerts, shows and tours. Our aim is to provide audiences with exciting and inspirational performances. In our first two years the team has gone from strength to strength showcasing 8 company works and 5 numbers in We Will Rock You.  

Shakespeare Society

Lunch time Shakespeare Drama club open to all Year 7, 8 & 9 students who love Drama. Learn new skills, meet new friends and discover new worlds.