Head of Department: Amy Preedy


Dance at OLSJ offers a wide base of dance styles a KS3 culminating in a more focused contemporary approach at GCSE level. Many of the topics link to other subjects in school. Such topics are political oppression, racism, urban culture and affects of smoking. Dance contributes towards a healthy lifestyle, group work and problem solving as well as bring a truly creative and explorative subject.

We offer several clubs to enhance our curriculum, as well as our Dance company which we recommend all GCSE dancers participate in to complement their classroom learning. Every year we host an evening of dance in which all year groups participate showcasing the wealth of talent we have in the school, including past pupils who have continued to study dance at A Level even though they may not pursue it as a career.

How students are assessed

KS3: Pupils are assessed on three occasions at the end of each unit within the carousel.

KS4: Pupils are assessed throughout the course and tracked on their progress against their predicted step.

Completion of theoretical PPE 1 x 1.5 hr exam Nov, March. PPE moderation for practical elements of the course in Nov, March and then official moderation close to Easter.

End of unit assessments and end of year exams theoretical and practical in yr 9 & 10.

Guidance for pupils

Homework: GCSE style questioning and supporting worksheets to enhance understanding of professional works.

Extra-curricular GCSE dance sessions for assistance with practical work.

Independent learning: mentoring, Research using internet resources.

Revision and Resources: Monday and Friday after school GCSE intervention and support. Lunchtime rehearsal schedule. Half term full day workshop. Outside agency workshop for Unit 1 theory. Attendance at theatre to see performances of Professional works studied at GCSE.

How parents can help

  • Encourage pupils to participate in GCSE clubs and extra curricular activities.
  • Attendance at performances within school and theatre visits.
  • Observe dance at home through Sky Arts, Youtube and other safe means.
  • Check and engage with homework activities whether practical or theory based.