Performing Arts

Our busy Performing Arts Department offers Music and Drama and we have good facilities and resources in both areas. We also offer extensive extra-curricular activities such as band, drama clubs and vocal groups.

WHS stages a range of spectacular concerts, productions and performances in our Arts Theatre and out in the local community throughout the year, which are always very well received. Learners of all ages have opportunities to take part in regular trips and visits to see shows in the West End in London or perhaps a little closer to home in Manchester or Liverpool.

Students are supported in developing their musical skills through instrumental lessons provided by Bolton’s peripatetic Music Service, including vocal group, brass, strings and percussion.

The drama department is pleased to have continued to prepare performances of Shakespeare's plays for the Shakespeare Schools' Festival and we are now in fourth year. Year 10 performed King Lear this year at the Bury Met Theatre in November 2017.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are taught on a carousel basis, which allows them access to both Music and Drama every other half term. Our enthusiastic staff employ personalised learning techniques to ensure everyone receives the best learning experience. The students explore subjects such as Commedia Dell’Arte, script exploration, film music and composing as well as completing cross curricular work on subject such as The First World War.

Key Stage 4

Our GCSEs in Drama and Music build on the skills and knowledge gained during Key Stage 3 studies. These subjects give students the chance to develop their passion for the Performing Arts during lessons, but also through the performance evenings in which parents are given the opportunity to see the progress their son/ daughter has made in these practical subjects.