Having sailed through the redesignation process for our Specialist Status for the Performing Arts SWBGS is proud to continue to embrace the ethos of creativity and excellence in the arts as it moves forward with its key aim: encouraging academic and personal success at the highest level.

We continue to offer a wide range of Performing Arts opportunities of an outstanding standard both curricular and extra- curricular.
Drama, Dance and Music are studied by all Key Stage 3 pupils and all are popular at GCSE, AS and A2 Level with students who go on to specialise in the arts at conservatoires or university and by students who want to continue to study a performing art or arts alongside their Science, Humanities or Languages subjects.

The arts continue to be regarded as an excellent mechanism for exploring other subjects with KS3 and KS4 pupils regularly exploring aspects of their learning through Dance, Drama, Music and more recently Film. All Year 9 pupils have an hourly lesson of Creative Technologies where they develop skills in Music Technology, Film-Making, Animation, Podcasting and other new technology.

This Year we also hosted a very successful summer school for gifted and talented Year 5 pupils where they were introduced to challenging Science concepts and practical laboratory dissection work which they then translated into contemporary dance.

Kay Mountfield - Director Performing Arts


Our 2011 Examination Results are excellent.
Drama 70% A*/A; Music 92% A*/A; Dance 100% A*/A
A Level
Drama 91.3% A*/B; Music 100% A*/B; Dance 100% A*/B

Our BTEC in Technical Theatre is followed by students from a number of schools and our results are 100% Distinction/Merit

Cross-Curricular Projects
Our most recent projects include:
Tectonics - Dance & Geography
Spark! - Physics & Dance
Expedition Arctic - Biology/Dance and supported by a Sixth Form expedition to Svalbard.
Cubes de Construction - Dance & French

Music, Dance and Drama collaborate regularly with Modern Foreign Languages and the 2011 major cross-curricular project for Year 7 will bring French, Dance and Music together in an innovative scheme of work, linking movement to language structure.