Performing Arts


Welcome to the Cotham School Performing Arts Department

offering KS3, GCSE and A Level Courses in Music, Dance and Drama.



Performing Arts Showcase from Cotham School on Vimeo.

‘Teaching and learning is consistently strong in the arts’ OFSTED 2010

We are very proud of the Performing Arts at Cotham School.  We were one of the first schools to be designated nationally as an Arts College and over the last eight years we have built up a vibrant and exciting department full of Music, Dance and Drama. The schools specialism has had a key role to play in our students’ personal development. As one parent wrote ‘The performing arts status gives great opportunities for the students to develop confidence and team building skills’. The Specialist School initiative has been developed by successive governments to help create a clear identity for schools and to raise standards not just in the specialism but throughout the school. We have been redesignated as an Arts Mark Gold school for the third time; an accolade of which we are very proud. A recent OFSTED praised the Performing Arts in many ways.

‘The excellent curriculum provides you with a very broad and balanced range of opportunities and you also benefit greatly from the school specialisms. We felt that the Performing Arts in particular do a lot to help you grow in confidence and develop skills that prepare you for later in life’ OFTED 2010

What has happened since Cotham became a Specialist School?

Extra funding has helped us develop excellent facilities for Dance, Music and Drama. We are able to appoint specialist staff to deliver lessons to all students and have seen numbers at GCSE and A level soar over the last few years. Extra curricular opportunities are excellent. Many of you will be aware of our community arts programme which requires us to work in close collaboration with our partner primary schools. Many of the new Year 7 students will have had the experience of regular Dance, Music and Drama lessons delivered by specialist staff, and will also have performed in one of our showcase performance platforms. This programme is at the heart of our plans to inspire our students and develop creative and confident young people.

What does this mean for my child?

Every child at Key Stage 3 will have a weekly hour long lesson in Music, Dance and Drama. They will arrive in a place with which they are already familiar through the induction process There will be familiar faces and routines already established in Year 6. New students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra curricular activities ranging from break dancing to singing in the gospel choir and joining a whole school musical. We work with professional artists whenever we can and give young people the opportunity to see many live performance opportunities.

We are pleased that more and more parents and other adults are becoming involved in the arts at Cotham. We offer a range of community arts courses in the evenings – come and try steel pans, learn the gamelan or join the samba band! This is an expanding and increasingly important part of the school and we hope to see our facilities used by more and more people.

There is a parent support group for the Performing Arts which is called COMPAS. Meeting once a term, this is a long established group which is central to the arts provision at Cotham. Members support the faculty in many crucial roles – they help out at functions, help fundraise and are generally very important.  We are all working to a common goal – to make the Arts really matter – and are very pleased to welcome you to Cotham and the Performing Arts. Please contact us – we would really welcome your ideas for the future.

Geraldine Hill- Male
Director of Performing Arts