Curriculum Intent for Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Faculty’s mission is to engage students in a variety of activities aimed at firing their imaginations and getting them to find their creative outlet in life, both by studying the works of other greats (musicians, playwrights, directors), and by emulating them on a practical level. We believe in the power of performing arts as a means of self-discovery and self-expression for our students.

The Performing Arts department at Finham Park currently comprises Drama, Media Arts, Music and Performing Arts. The Faculty was formed with the vision of bringing together the collective creative expertise of these departments, sharing good practice in creative teaching pedagogy, and inspiring the use of cross-curricular creative skills amongst students in other areas of the school. Creative lessons teach through a combination of several key personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) which are much sought-after by employers. These include enquiry and investigation skills, creative thinking skills, teamwork, effective participation and self-management skills, and the ability to be reflective of one’s own learning and working practices. This focus on creative process is at the heart of our faculty’s 21st Century approach to learning, and fundamental to the success of our students.

Examples of Cross-Department Collaborations:

  • School Productions (Les Misérables, Bugsy Malone, MAT Showcase)
  • Physical Theatre workshops
  • Radio FPS and the Finham Lion Magazine
  • Extra-curricular trips to Warwick Arts Centre, Stratford RSC, Birmingham and West End shows and international film festivals

Department Staff

Head of Performing Arts Faculty Mr M Gunn
Head of Drama Ms J Spokes
Ms S Bartlett (Teacher of Drama)
Head of Music Ms J Sharkey
MS R Atherton (Teacher of Music)


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Music Department
Film Studies Department
Drama and Performing Arts Department