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Our Music and Performing Arts curriculum allows students the opportunity to build confidence, self-esteem and a broad range of social and emotional skills to prepare them for the next steps in their lives.

All Primary and KS3 students have music lessons with a specialist teacher from Bird College. This enables them to explore music through their voice and musical instruments such as the Ukulele, Djembe and Glockenspiel. Students are taught how to listen and respond to a piece of music and are also given the opportunity to compose and perform.

Specialist Performing Arts lessons are also taught in Primary and KS3 classes. In these lessons, students use drama and music activities to develop their confidence, communication skills and social interaction. The lessons are linked with the topic for the half term.

Key Stage 4 students choosing a Performing Arts vocational pathway study BTEC Level 1, achieving a Certificate in Year 10 and a Diploma in Year 11. The students develop a broad range of transferable skills including the ability to lead and work within a team. Personal development in terms of social and emotional progress is enhanced and students learn to communicate, collaborate and cooperate effectively with others, whilst gaining invaluable insight into the wider world around them.

Key Stage 5 students have Performing Arts lessons to enhance their Life Skills curriculum.

A successful and oversubscribed Performing Arts club also runs after school for Secondary pupils who also have the opportunity to perform at school events.

Outside links

As well as maintaining close links with Bird College, we have collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, culminating in a performance at The Barbican in July 2017. The Parkwood Hall Steel Band also run yearly steel band workshops for some of our students across Key Stages.

Our Key Stage 4 department has developed a creative partnership with Rose Bruford College and annually collaborate with their students, alongside ConfiDance, to explore movement and performance skills, as well as building confidence in interacting with unfamiliar professionals.


Students at Woodside School are given opportunities to perform throughout the year to other students in assemblies and to parents at Christmas and end of year performances. The work of students in Performing Arts, Creative Arts and Post 16 classes is also showcased yearly at the Erith Playhouse.

Some students in Key Stage 2 and 3 are also given the opportunity to attend the annual ‘Festival of Music’ at The Royal Festival Hall.

Key Stage 4 and 5 also participate in Young Voices at the O2 Arena, where they sing alongside thousands of others with a professional band, soloists and dance troupe.

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