The Performance Department is an animated, enthusiastic and engaging curriculum area with passionate and dedicated staff. Lessons are delivered across fully equipped Drama and Music studios by Specialist teachers who are committed to creating lessons that will make pupils enjoy and achieve.

Pupils are taught using a variety of different medium and also have access to music and theatre technologies to enhance and enable their learning and progress.


K Gannon – Head of Performance (Teacher of Drama & Music)

C Heald – Teacher of Drama

B Watson – Teacher of Music


The provision for Performance is excellent, as pupils are taught the subjects throughout Key Stage 3 and then given the opportunity to opt for a number of different Performance pathways as part of their option choices in Year 9.

The experience in and out of performance classrooms and transferrable skills; both learned and developed; are aids to learning across the school in other areas of the curriculum.

The department continues to develop and improve the curriculum in order to remain relevant, challenge and enhance pupils learning and achievement.

At Standish we also provide a wide variety of instrumental lessons where students can begin to learn or continue their studies in addition to the classroom.

We provide tuition for the following instruments:

  • Brass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Woodwind

Instrumental tuition has be paid for at Key Stage 3 but it is free for students who choose GCSE Music at Key Stage 4.

Instrumental Teachers

Mr D Kennedy – Vocal and Piano/Keyboard Tutor

Mr B Grimshaw – Guitar and Drum Kit Tutor

Mr C Mather – Strings Tutor

Mr A Morel – Woodwind Tutor

Mr A Thomas – Brass Tutor


There is an ever developing extra-curricular programme providing enrichment opportunities that not only develops musical ability but also develops confidence and student’s health and wellbeing.

Examples include:

  • Key Stage 3 Drama Club
  • School Production – Cast and Crew
  • Orchestra (Senior and Junior)
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Vocal Ensembles
  • Ukulele Club
  • Free time rehearsal rooms (Supervised by prefects)
  • Friday Night Jam
  • Theatre Visits


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Key Stage 4

BTEC Performing Arts

GCSE Drama

GCSE Music