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Learning at Crawshaw Academy


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The Performance Faculty is committed to the development of independent, confident and motivated learners, who leave us ready to successfully take their place in the world.

We will provide rewarding activities that inspire, challenge and entertain students to develop a lifelong love of performance.

Faculty Staff

Catherine Davidson - Faculty Leader Performance

Kate Elmer - Teacher of Drama

Rebecca Lord - Teacher of Drama

Steve Mann - Teacher of Music

Peripatetic staff

Krish Thiruchelvam - peripatetic Guitar teacher

Tom Pattinson - peripatetic Drum Teacher

Michelle Wells - peripatetic Woodwind teacher

Amelia Bland - peripatetic Voice teacher

Danny Gamble - peripatetic Keyboard/Piano teacher


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 ensembles/choirs and are able to study music through to KS5. In addition to classroom-led lessons, a team of peripatetic instrumental/vocal tutors delivers tuition on a weekly basis in the school.

Curriculum overview

KS3 Music

KS3 Curriculum content 

Year 7 MUSIC Subject Curriculum Maps 

Year 8 MUSIC Subject Curriculum Maps 

Year 9 MUSIC Subject Curriculum Maps 

KS4 Music

The faculty delivers AQA GCSE in Music.

KS5 Music

The faculty delivers Level 3 RSL Music Practitioners.

GCSE Music



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.

Curriculum overview

KS3 Drama

KS3 Curriculum content 




KS4 Drama

The faculty delivers OCR GCSE in Drama.

 GCSE Drama

Crawshaw Academy_2021 (148) (Large)Enrichment in Performance

We encourage our students to be involved in extra curricular activities.

These include choirs, drama club, rock club, keyboard club, dance club as well as ongoing rehearsals for major performances.

There are numerous opportunities for students to participate in academy performances and concerts every half term. Examples include X Factor, Christmas concert, Festival of Voice, Summer concert, Showcase, World Book Day Drama, assemblies, open days and lunchtime performance events. In addition, the Performance faculty also regularly stages a full-scale academy play and musical. Previous productions have included Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, Bugsy Malone, Oliver! We Will Rock You, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Children of Thebes. Our choirs perform to a high standard and are increasingly being invited to perform at prestigious venues such as Harewood house. The music department are pleased to be associated with the popular Leeds Lieder project as well as being involved in the Red Kite Alliance choir. In addition, staff organise visits to the theatre as well as workshops with leading practitioners. Musicians are regularly entered for external music exams (ABRSM, Trinity, Rock School, LCM) and experience great success. The faculty works closely with local primary schools.

Crawshaw Academy is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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