“Dance is different, exciting, active and fun” Y9 Pupil
“We get lots of amazing opportunities in Dance” Y12 pupil
Performing Arts status of Bishop Walsh School allows us to be a leading edge Dance department. The cross key stage peer assessment that goes on in Dance lessons has been described as ‘outstanding’ and has been showcased at teacher training courses. The department strives to continue to be innovative in its curriculum and encourage pupils to become creative, thinking pupils who are empowered through the vehicle of Dance.
Key Stage 3
All pupils at Bishop Walsh School experience a creative based curriculum in year 7, 8 and 9. Pupils are encouraged to be active in their own learning in Dance and deliver small group work in a contemporary style. Boys and girls alike are enthused by the interactive nature of the curriculum and enjoy learning skills such as: choreography, performance, analytical skills, video and movie editing as well as creating authentic sound scores for their work.
(Project focus ranges from Snowboarding to Physical Theatre)
Pupils in year 7,8 and 9 are encouraged to be part of numerous dance clubs and have the opportunity to perform both inside and outside of BWS. One exceptional opportunity is for pupils to perform live music and dance on tour in Italy.
Key Stage 4
GCSE Dance and BTEC First Certificate in Performing Arts:Dance are offered and GCSE Dance is a very popular Performing Arts option at this level. The exceptional results achieved at this level are indicative of the hard work, enthusiasm and love of the subject shared by both pupils and specialist teachers alike. Pupils regularly attend trips and are asked to perform at prestigious events both inside and outside of the education authority.
Key Stage 5
AS and A Level Dance is a popular and visible course within the school. Pupils perform at many events and have been selected to work with professional companies as part of a education/industry link where a DVD of the collaboration has been produced. A Level pupils are encouraged to be Dance mentors and leaders of lower school clubs.
Extra Curricular Information
There are many clubs – year 7, year 8 , year 9 , boys club, Dance and whole school musicals
We also have an outstanding drama department who have, along with music and dance been two time winners of the Columba trophy for best school production in Birmingham.