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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Department Ethos

To develop the potential of all students through fun, practical Performing Arts lessons.  We provide creative, memorable and inspiring lessons that develop the whole child.  We strive to develop students into fully rounded, creative young adults ready for higher education or employment.


The Performing Arts are all around us, we listen to the radio in the car, we watch television and films at home, we take trips to the theatre or attend concerts and gigs.  The arts enrich the quality of our experiences, they inspire, inform, stimulate, challenge and entertain.  Your child could become part of the ever increasing Performing Arts industry whether that be in a performance or a production role. 

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato

The arts are a powerful form of communication and expression.  Involvement in the performing arts helps to foster a positive attitude and improves emotional wellbeing.  The Performing Arts develop thinking skills, increasing perception, imagination, creativity and physical co-ordination skills which can be transferred to other areas of experience and learning. 

Music and Drama enables pupils to define themselves in relation to others, their friends, social groups and to the culture in which they live.  The Performing Arts are an integral part of culture, past and present and will continue to be vehicles of expression through which we can interpret and escape from our ever changing world. 

At Middlewich High School our carefully planned KS3 curriculum provides ambitious cultural development through exposure to a broad range of genres, artists and topics.  At Key Stage 4 students study the OCR GCSE Music syllabus.  We are excited to announce that in September 2021 we will be offering students the opportunity to study GCSE Drama at Key stage 4. 

The Performing Arts Department Aims to:

  • Promote enjoyment of the arts in a vibrant learning environment.
  • Inspire and enthuse students. 
  • Learn through practical Music and Drama lessons.
  • Develop students socially, morally and culturally.
  • Develop the potential of all students.
  • Promote a positive learning environment where students feel safe to take risks in expressing ideas and opinions.
  • Encourage, nurture and celebrate talent.
  • Offer an extensive extra-curricular programme, with performance opportunities and experiences.
  • Prepare students for a career in the Performing Arts Industry.

Learning maps – At MHS we use learning maps to support retrieval and reinforcement of knowledge. We use these in class and as homework, you may find it useful to see what is coming up through the year for your child in their year group. We are continuing to develop these and update them through the year so you may notice some subjects have uploaded the first term, future work will be added at the appropriate time.