Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Performing and Production Arts


Drama engages students in their own learning and the world around them through a dynamic learningmedium. The specialist teachers ensures thatstudents enjoy the active process of responding, making and evaluating drama.

Students who study Drama have the opportunity to explore the following:

  •  A wide range of scripted work
  •  Improvisation and devising around themes and issues
  •  Practical exploration of drama forms, mediums and techniques for performance
  • Technical and design theatrical aspects



Dance is housed in the dance studio (S24) within the Arts faculty. The Dance studio is a fantastic facility with a fully sprung floor, mirrors, lighting and barres. Dance is studied by all students in Years 7 and 8, 9 as part of the Arts Faculty. Students in Key Stage 4  can opt into BTEC Performing Arts (Dance). Students regularly perform at the annual Gym and Dance Festival, as well as in the local community and partner schools.

At Key Stage 3, all students take one hour of drama each week.

At Key stage 4 students can from Sept 2014 now opt to follow GCSE Drama, GCSE Dance, BTEC performing arts.


Music is a vibrant department with many opportunities for students. Everyone enjoys listening to or making music, whether on their own or in a group.
The faculty consists of 2 teaching rooms, 2 practice rooms and a specialist recording studio. One room is equipped with keyboards, the other with guitars. The music department also houses the Arts Apple Mac Suite.

Students are able to take part in a wide range of performance opportunities 

  • End of term concertsmusic
  • Whole Academy musicals (Lizzie Doolittle 2009, Little Shop of Horrors 2010)
  • Talent Shows (We’ve Got It! December 2010)
  • BTEC Performance Evenings (The Music Behind the Magic, OSCA goes GAGA!)

Our large instrumental team are able to offer instrumental and vocal provision on all orchestral instruments (strings, woodwind, brass and percussion), drum kit, piano, electric guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar. Students are regularly entered for music exams with all the large music exam boards.

Key Stage 3

Our KS3 curriculum offers a diverse musical experience to all students and covers a wide range of projects. We encourage students to become independent learners and to be able to reflect and discuss music from a wide range of genres and cultural origins.

At Key Stage 4

Currently students follow the BTEC Extended Certificate and Diploma in Music or a GCSE in Music, with opportunities for early entry for talented students.

PAPA Long Term Curriculum Plan

Useful links to support progress in PAPA

Bullying Online(http://www.bullying.co.uk/ Bullying at School http://www.scre.ac.uk/bully
DfES: Don’t Suffer in Silence http://www.dfes.gov.uk/bullying
Childline: Bullying http://www.childline.org.uk/Bullying.asp

Drama - GCSE
Performing Arts - BTEC
Music - BTEC
Film Studies - GCSE