Music and Drama
The Music Department at Goole Academy offers pupils the chance to get involved in all aspects of music, allowing creativity into their lives. Throughout KS3 pupils learn performance and composition skills on instruments ranging from guitars, ukuleles and keyboards to drums including African and Samba drumming.
As they progress through school, students acquire theory skills and general musicianship needed to be an effective musician. Students who choose music will complete a BTEC Level 2 qualification during their time at the Academy which focuses on the music industry.
The Academy promotes all areas of music and has good links with local primary schools where students lead workshops on various different instruments, thus allowing them to become leaders in music.
The Department is well equipped thus being able to offer extensive extra-curricular opportunities including a choir and KS3 music clubs. The launch of the Goole Academy song writing group has been very successful and pupils regularly perform songs they have composed to the general public. Regular showcase concerts also give students the experience of performing in front of a live audience. The music department also works closely with the drama department and this year sees the return of a school production. Peripatetic lessons are also available on all instrument types so come and get involved and let your creativity grow!
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The Drama Department makes up one section of the Creative Faculty at Goole Academy. We have a fully equipped Drama studio with lighting and sound as well as classrooms. The Drama studio is often used for small, intimate performances such as GCSE productions as well as extra-curricular performances. The school musical is staged in the main hall with access to top of the range lighting and sound equipment.
All KS3 pupils benefit from one Drama lesson a week and GCSE Drama is offered at KS4 which is a popular course within the Academy.
Without creativity, life would never evolve or develop. Creative subjects are necessary for any individual to develop a sense of self awareness, confidence, personal development and self-esteem. Pupils attending Goole Academy are given the opportunity to develop all of these skills and more, but of course the arts have far more to offer just than this. There is a host of transferable skills acquired by studying arts subjects which improve performance in other areas of the curriculum. Arts subjects enable students to make a personal response to the world around them and explore possibilities of expression and interpretation.
We encourage pupils to see as much live theatre as they can with most theatre companies offering generous discounts to students. We regularly take groups to see modern and challenging performances by companies such as the Propeller Theatre Company and Frantic Assembly, as well as taking extra-curricular trips to see musicals such as Grease and Blood Brothers.
The Drama department also run a range of extra-curricular activities including small and large scale productions and have previously taken part in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival that gives pupils opportunities to perform in professional theatres across the country, this has led to our pupils performing at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and The Carriageworks in Leeds and most recently at Hull Truck Theatre.