Performing Arts

Department Profile

The Performing Arts department consists of 7 members of staff. 4 teachers, 1 performing arts teaching assistant, 1 performance coordinator and 1 technician. We also have a team of instrumental teachers offering tuition on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, violin, woodwind and voice.

Our facilities here at BBEC are fantastic with 1 fully functioning theatre with professional lighting and sound rig, 2 drama/PA studios with theatre lighting, 2 fully equipped music rooms that are very well equipped with PA systems, microphones, keyboards, drum kits and guitars which are in constant use with students rehearsing and practising. We have an Apple Mac suite containing 24 iMacs running state of the art music software, 1 recording studio and 5 music practice rooms. Students are encouraged to book out the practice rooms at breaks and lunchtimes where they can either practise with their band, or carry out private instrumental practice.

Curriculum Overview

Students at BBEC will have one lesson of music and one lesson of Drama in year 7/8. During year 8 students will make their options for KS4 and we offer music technology, music, dance and performing arts.

Our curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in the music, dance and performing arts industry.

The courses we offer are:

  • BTEC Performing Arts Level 2 (Y9, Y10, Y11)
  • BTEC Music Level 2 (Y9, Y10, Y11)
  • GCSE Dance ( Y9, Y10, Y11)
  • NCFE Music Technology (Y9, Y10, Y11)
  • BTEC Performing Arts Level 3 (Y12, Y13)
  • BTEC  Music Level 3 (Y12, Y13)

Outside the classroom

We have a thriving extra curricular programme at BBEC which consists of the BBEC choir, Christmas panto, the major school production (previous productions include High School Musical, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie), BBEC’s got talent, Summer music concert and the Performing Arts/Dance Showcase. We also take part in many performance opportunities outside of BBEC including performing at the St George’s Hall, Choir competitions at the Royal Northern College of Music, Rock Challenge, AMP awards, Bradford school proms and many more.

Many of our former students have gone on to perform professionally and have also gained places at prestigious performing arts establishments such as Leeds College of Music and Phil Winston’s Theatreworks College. Our students are no strangers to performing to wider audiences and they have recently performed live on the radio. Leading professional casting agency Amy Hubbard Casting, are regular visitors to BBEC holding numerous auditions for national tv and film productions, one of which to be screened in autumn 2016. This quote from Amy Hubbard casting highlights the quality of some of our students and the department. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events.

“So impressed every time I come to BBEC with the natural talent, confidence and charisma of the pupils, you have so many talented young actors”, Amy Hubbard Casting (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Selfish Giant, Homeland)

Department Staff

  • Mr R Horsfall – Senior Achievement Leader – Head of Performing Arts (Music)
  • Mrs R Scott – Teacher of Performing Arts (BTEC Internal Verifier)
  • Ms K Holdsworth – Teacher of Performing & Arts Assistant Achievement Leader and Performing Arts Academy Leader
  • Mr D Zdanowicz – Performing Arts Technician
  • Mr A Theakston – Performance and Progress Support Leader


Mr Horsfall