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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy



Performing Arts

Overview of the Faculty

The faculty consists of Drama. Across the faculty we aim to deliver an outstanding range of teaching and provision, which will give our students the opportunity to shine on the stage. Whatever subject, excellence is paramount within our whole philosophy, driving the culture for learning within the faculty.

Students study a wide range of courses at key stage 3, 4 and 5. Within this they are given opportunities to further their talents through; workshops, working with industry professionals, participating in shows, trips to the theatre any many more!

Enrichment is fundamental to our success at the Academy. We offer a huge range of after-school clubs on a weekly basis, working towards projects and performances for our students to participate in. We also organise a variety of trips and activities to bolster and develop student’s flair, character and confidence.


Performing Arts often features in our Newsletter where you can read about trips and recent performances.


Head of Dance – Mrs K Barker

The dance department is a hardworking and busy environment with the head of department having a range of professional performing, choreographic and teaching expertise. Our dance studio is equipped with the latest technology and is always busy with students in classes, rehearsals and performances. High expectations are placed upon all students to meet the challenge of the disciplined and professional environment we create. The department has formed strong links with the local and wider community including the local primary schools where students regularly perform, gaining skills that will enhance their learning and instil the qualities required to succeed into the dance world. Dance is thriving within Bolingbroke Academy offering lessons across all year groups building creativity and performance skills.

For information regarding the dance curriculum please visit the Curriculum area.

Visit us on our YouTube or Twitter @OBADance and Instagram @OBAdance for the latest update!

GCSE Dance (Years 9, 10 & 11)

GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.

This four unit specification enables students to:

  • increase their confidence and self-esteem:
  • employ the skills of problem solving and creativity:
  • make knowledgeable decisions about dances.

It allows students to actively and physically demonstrate their abilities through the controlled assessment which is worth 60% of the qualification and the practical exam, worth 20%.
This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance.

BTEC Level 3 Dance (Sixth Form)

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) is a 90-credit qualification that consists of three mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 90 credits.

Mandatory units (x3):

1 – Performance Workshop (10 credits)
7 – Performing to an Audience (10 credits)
38 – Dance Performance (10 credits)

Optional units (x6):

43 – Developing Classic Ballet Technique (10 credits)
46 – Applying Contemporary Dance Technique (10 credits)
47 – Jazz Dance (10 credits)
48 – Tap Dance
54 – Dance Appreciation (10 credits)
102 – Site-Specific Performance (10 credits)

Dance Kit

Year 7 and 8 students are required to wear PE kit for dance and participate in bare feet for health & safety reasons. All dance students from year 9 to year 13 are required to wear the full dance kit for all lessons. Black leotards and OBA dance t-shirt and hoodies can be purchased from the school shop at £5/£10 each. Students are kindly reminded to remove all jewellery, tie their hair back and remove footwear before participating in any activity. If for any reasons students are unable to bring kit or have injuries, a note must be provided to the dance teacher.

Girls’ Kit

Plain black leotard (£10 from school shop)

Black OBA dance t-shirt (optional – £5 from school shop)

Black leggings

Black OBA dance hoodie (optional – (£10 from school shop)

Boys’ Kit

Black OBA dance t-shirt (£5 from school shop)

Black jogging bottoms

Black OBA dance hoodie (optional – (£10 from school shop)

Dance Enrichment

Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of dance clubs and participate in workshops, projects, competitors and many performances. In addition, the dance department organise student trips to improve students knowledge of the industry, which are well attended and hugely successful. Enrichment clubs include: Dance Company (invite only), GCSE Dance intervention and Dance Club (open invite).


Visit us on Twitter! Our Drama Twitter feed contains all of the latest information for our shows and events.

Drama Qualifications

GCSE Drama Course Overview

A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies

BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts 90 Credit Diploma in Acting

Drama Enrichment

Each year our academy offers pupils who show an interest in dance, drama and music to be a part of our annual Christmas show. Each year as an academy we produce show-stopping shows, which completely sell out to audiences over 4 nights selling 900 tickets!

School Productions

  • 2015 - 2016 - Bugsy
  • 2014 - 2015 - Oliver
  • 2013 - 2014 - Singin’ in the Rain
  • 2012 - 2013 - Grease
  • 2011 - 2012 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

We could have been anything that we wanted to be”…a very familiar lyric from one of Bugsy Malone’s iconic songs “Bad Guys” and this is exactly what the students and I have believed in from the very first rehearsal. Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is yet again showcasing musical theatre at its highest degree. With a very talented cast, crew and band that would give any professional theatre a run for their money!

Before we all went off to enjoy the summer holidays the difficult decision had to be made which musical would next dawn our stage. The first thought and mention of Bugsy Malone was one which I warmed to immediately as well as the rest of the Performing Arts team.

Since the early weeks in September from the auditions right up to the opening night the students have worked tirelessly every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and some have even put in some extra rehearsal time on a Monday evening with Mr Kennedy. These rehearsals have repeatedly gone beyond 4pm but the students never lost their determination and love of performing. As opening night has drawn closer and closer all cast, crew and band members have given 100% and kept their commitment and energy high.

The 1920s vibe and zing is one which the students have had to get used to as well as the sharp and confident swag of a New York City accent. Which you will agree, they have down to a T! Not to mention the crazy goings on of two rival gangs and their famous Splurge Guns which means this musical makes you hold on to your trilby for sure!

The Performing Arts team would like to thank EVERYONE who helped in whatever way, big or small. It is, as always, a team effort and the show would not go on if it wasn’t for you. In particular we would like to thank Mr Fisher for his input and assistance with costume, props and backstage as well as Miss Ray for providing the gorgeous cakes and refreshments during the interval.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all the parents and carers who have been supportive throughout the whole rehearsal process and weeks running up to the show. Making costumes, collecting students late after rehearsals and of course buying tickets to ensure we have a sell-out performance.

My final thank you is to our dedicated and talented young cast who have been phenomenal throughout and an absolute joy to work with. The show as always is a highlight of the school calendar during what is always a busy and vibrant term. Once the curtain closes I’m sure you will agree that once again the school production is a huge success and credit to all involved.

Now in the words of Lena Marelli…“Hit it Joe….!

Miss McKevitt – Director