The Performing Arts department sits within the Faculty of Arts and Technology and consists of 7 members of staff. 5 teachers, 1 performance coordinator and 1 technician. We also have a team of professional instrumental teachers offering tuition on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, violin, woodwind and voice. Instrumental lessons are offered at the subsidised price of £30 (£15 pupil premium) per year and students will work towards their rock school exams.

Our facilities at BBEC are fantastic with: a fully functioning theatre with professional lighting and sound rig, a drama and performing arts studio with theatre lighting, two music classrooms that are fully 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 twenty-four iMacs running state of the art music software, one recording studio and five music practice rooms which are equipped with keyboards, guitars, bass guitars, PA and amplifiers.

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.


Students at BBEC will have one lesson of Music and one lesson of Drama in year 7, 8 and 9.

Our curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in the music and performing arts industry. This will be achieved by:

  • giving our students ambition: to perform to a high standard, and to support others who also aim for high standards;
  • instilling confidence: to perform in both small and large settings, participating in memorable occasions that contribute to the school life and community;
  • fostering creativity: to compose and improve with skill, building on prior experiences;
  • instilling respect: for each other in performance, and for the artistry of musicians from all backgrounds;
  • driving enthusiasm: to pursue musical talents and interests through an engaging curriculum;
  • encouraging determination: to persevere and strive when refining and improving performance and composition

In KS3 Music, students will study:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Stomp! How do I find my voice? Programme Music What does Bradford sound like?
Year 8 How does African music foster togetherness? How has music narrated the struggle for racial equality? How have the Beatles influenced modern music?
Year 9 Club Dance Music How do you arrange a masterpiece? How do you write a No. 1 hit?

In KS3 Drama, students will study:

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Drama Skills and Techniques History of Theatre Devising Using a Stimulus Creating Character Horror This is Bradford
Year 8 Missing Fairy Tales and Pantomime Soap Operas Drama Practitioners Children of War Classical Theatre
Year 9 Theatrical Skills War Poetry Contemporary Theatre Shakespeare with a Twist Theatre in Education



You can find the specifications for each course here by clicking on the link above.


Extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities

We have a thriving extra-curricular programme at BBEC which consists of the BBEC choir, Samba band, music technology workshops, BDAT Be There variety concert, 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 Theatre 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)


Mr S Bibby – Senior Achievement Leader – Head of Music and Performing Arts

Mr D Gibson – Teacher of Music

Mrs R Scott – Teacher of Performing Arts

Miss O Harrison-Townsend – Teacher of Performing Arts

Ms K Holdsworth – Teacher of Performing Arts and Performing Arts Academy Leader

Mr D Zdanowicz – Performing Arts Technician

Mr A Theakston – Performance and Progress Support Leader


Mr S Bibby