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Performing Arts

The arts make us feel connected to one another and less isolated. Through the arts we share an emotion and that sharing connects us with each other and we realise we all feel the same emotions. The arts are our last hope. We find our identity and make it easier and more pleasurable to live and they also give us wisdom.

Arthur Miller (Playwright and Director)
We are immensely proud of the Performing Arts at Central Foundation and the impact it has had on our school community. It is this strength that led to us being designated a Specialist Arts College in 2004. The Performing Arts plays a key role our students’ personal development; over the last ten years the subjects of Music, Dance and Drama have provided all of our students with so many rich and varied opportunities to experience the arts, which develops creative, confident and capable students, who go out into the world and impress others with their abilities.

Exciting schemes of learning are delivered in our excellent performance facilities which include; a brand new auditorium with state of the art lighting and sound, a dance studio, two fully equipped music rooms, a music studio, four music practice spaces, three drama studios as well as the David Sharp Theatre.   These lessons are complimented by a wide range of extra-curricular trips, clubs and performances such as our annual whole school musical, showcase performances, two plays (KS3 and KS4) a dance show, music concerts and lots of workshops with visiting professionals in their field.

The Performing Arts faculty is staffed with specialist teachers (see specific subject areas for names of staff), most of whom have significant professional experience in the arts, as well as an Artist-in-Residence: Mr McIntosh – who regularly still performs professionally both within the UK and abroad.


Our community outreach programme has received national recognition as it is one that ensures that performing arts experiences travel beyond our school gates and enrich our community too. We work in partnership with Phoenix school and the Coburn Centre, to bring the arts to children and adults with special educational needs, as well as working with a variety of local primary schools and other institutions, which vary to meet the demands of our programme.

Some of the highlights of this year’s community outreach programme are our students: producing a music program at the Wigmore Concert Hall; touring bespoke theatre-in-education shows to local primary schools and a programme which sees our students taking the life-stories of the elderly of Tower Hamlets and celebrating their rich experiences through the medium of Dance, Drama and Music.  We also host the Tower Hamlets Dance Festival.



You can take part in our exciting annual programme of arts activities, which include clubs, trips, shows, master-classes and personal tutoring; many of these opportunities allow students to achieve qualifications, for example LAMDA examinations, Rock School music examinations and Arts Awards.



We study PE and Dance to develop the physical, social and emotional well-being of our students. At CFGS we aim to provide an engaging and challenging curriculum that allows all students to achieve beyond their expectations. We link our planning to meet those of the national curriculum guidelines for each key stage and ensure all students are given opportunities to get a broad and balanced curriculum both in and out of the classroom. 

We in PE and Dance want to offer excellent opportunities to develop a healthy life-long love of physical activity. We want all students to feel they belong as part of a team, believe in their healthy potential. We do this by developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge required to be a leader and provide memorable experiences throughout a student’s journey within the subject.


  • Have access to high quality teaching
  • Have access to a diverse range of sports and dance subjects.
  • Learn through Dance, PE, science and the importance of exercise on the body and mind
  • Learn in a positive and safe environment
  • Be provided with moderate to vigorous activity levels with PE and Dance lessons in line with government recommended targets
  • Learn skills that can be used throughout their lives including communication, teamwork, resilience, independence and creativity.

In KS3 learners will apply and develop a broad range of skills.  Effective communication will be taught, and the importance of team work and collaborating with each other.  Learners will play within a competitive environment learning team-based sports e.g. football, netball, volleyball, basketball etc.  Develop flexibility, strength and balance within gymnastics athletics and dance.


In KS4 learners will continue to develop their technical, physical, expressive and appreciation skills. At CFGS we follow the AQA Syllabus where there is a mixture of both theoretical and practical learning. The course is assessed with 60% practical and 40% theory. Within practical lessons students will be assessed on their technical, physical, expressive and choreographic skills, through Set Phrase solos, Performance piece Trios and their own Choreographies.

 During theory lessons a variety of topics are covered including 6 professional set works and their own work. 


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We know what we are but know not what we may be

William Shakespeare

The intention of Drama at CFGS is to foster a keen interest, value and appreciation for live theatre as powerful tool for personal development; social commentary; and cultural expression.

The Drama curriculum at CFGS seeks to facilitate experiences of live theatre through varied opportunities to create, produce, perform, view and evaluate live theatre works.  Students develop skills in performance, design and evaluation through the exploration of devised and scripted work.

Embedded in the drama curriculum is a focus on personal development and transferrable skills.

In today’s competitive education and job market employers are more and more seeking attributes such as team work, communication, punctuality, creativity, problem-solving and the ability to cope under pressure. In Drama we aim to develop these transferrable skills with an emphasis on teamwork, creativity, leadership, analysis of texts and risk-taking; skills that are important in all subjects and areas of life, no matter who or what you aspire to be.

Drama can also develop confidence in yourself and your opinion and provide opportunities that will stay with you for a life time!  It is also about you developing social and communication skills, and that all important quality, empathy: the ability to place yourself into someone else’s shoes and to understand how they think and feel and ensure that your behaviour makes this world a better place to exist in.





Drama Enrichment Activities

Drama enrichment activities are available for all. You can take part in drama clubs, workshops, master classes, school productions and numerous trips to the theatre. Students are also encouraged to form their own drama groups and are allowed access to the facilities to devise and rehearse, at lunch-time and after school.

CFGS Drama department has fostered many links and partnerships with theatres and education programmes beyond the walls of the school. Each year CFGS continues to participate in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. This academic year our 10 Drama class are participating in the Barbican Box project. We also have workshop projects and live theatre opportunities on-going with Mousetrap Productions, The Half Moon, The Yard Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court Theatre among others.

The Drama department regularly puts on productions of their own, as well as shows in partnership with Dance and Music.  There are showcase evenings for both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students and our end of year Performing Arts Summer Festival and Showcase is a week-long collaboration between Drama, Dance and Music departments and is a cultural highlight of the school year.

The sense of enthusiasm and community that is developed through these activities, the production process and public performances, reflects some of the central principles of social inclusion at CFGS.



Classes take place in three well-equipped and spacious drama studios with surround-sound music systems, white boards and lighting rigs. We also have a major performance spaces - the David Sharp Theatre and the Auditorium.



Ms. R. Harrison Rebecca, Head of Drama, PEPA

Ms. A. Ball, Teacher of Drama, PEPA

Mr. C. Catherine, Teacher of Drama/Assistant Headteacher, PEPA




In Music at Key Stage 3 students will study a wide variety of topics that inspires their creativity and teaches them about the elements of music in greater depth. Students will also develop the skills needed for Performance, Composition and Listening. During lessons students will work in groups and independently to create their own music and learn about a wide range of musical styles.

As students’ progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination. This will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Here at CFGS students are encouraged to use any instruments they play in lessons and all students are entitled to receive free peripatetic instrument lessons throughout key stage 3. Our classrooms and practice rooms mean that each group have their own space to work in which aids faster progress and allows students to refine their musical skills to a higher level.



        KEY STAGE 4         

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Mr. J. Wollard, Head of Performing Arts, PEPA

Ms. J. Hunting, Music Teacher/Assistant Headteacher, PEPA

Mr. C. McIntosh, Musician in Residence, PEPA

Mr. C. Clement, Teacher of Music, PEPA