Performing Arts & Sport Performing Arts at Hind Leys College is where the emphasis is definitely on performing. We offer Music, Dance and Drama at GCSE level, and Music, Dance and Performance Studies at A level. In these subjects we aim to provide students with a first rate grounding in the separate disciplines but also to provide many varied opportunities for performance. The Performing Arts Staff Team at Hind Leys firmly believe that it is our job to prepare students to the highest level in order that they are equipped to pursue Music, Dance and Drama as a career at 18+, or interest and lifelong entitlement. During their time at Hind Leys students are encouraged to take part in as many performances as possible including: Arts Reviews Dance Festivals and competitions Major Musical Productions Performances in the Community Assembly Performances Workshop Activities Youth Dance Show Drama Club Performances These performances are sometimes a coursework requirement but often they are just for fun and the sheer thrill of performing. Students are expected to make an active contribution to the performing life of the College if they opt for Music, Dance or Drama at GCSE or A Level. The College production provides opportunity for excellence in all three art forms of Dance, Drama and Music. Shepshed Youth Dance has reached National Levels in its performances and for the past two years there has been an opportunity to be involved in a straight Drama Play. We expect the highest standards from our students simply because we know the rewards can be phenomenal, and we have been proud of the achievements of our students in the past. We look forward to welcoming dedicated talented performers and enthusiastic beginners to the Performing Arts Department and sharing in their future achievements and successes. Involvement in performances at Hind Leys is not restricted to students studying within the Performing Arts Departments. All students are invited to be involved and experience the rewards of performance, particularly the major college productions which pulls together a large group of staff and students from across the college community. The College is fortunate to have a full size theatre as part of its facilities, including a Grand Piano. Productions have included Grease, Les Miserables (Hind Leys being one of the first schools to take on this ambitious production), Guys and Dolls, Dracula Spectacula, The Hired Man, High School Musical, We Will Rock You and Fame. Recent productions include the very special Disney Beauty and the Beast in December 2012. This year is a unique musical production written by one of our staff, Mr Bailey, entitled ‘Forever Young’. The college is very proud of the levels of excellence reached in performances at Hind Leys which have attracted large audiences from the local community. Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the overall development of the students in terms of personal, social and physical attributes. Every student in Years 10 and 11 has one Core PE lesson a week, which continually stresses the values of sporting involvement and physical activity: By encouraging active involvement through offering a comprehensive range of experiences that meet the needs of individual students, and encourage active involvement by all as performers, observers and officials. In developing positive attitudes, encouraging a sense of responsibility to oneself and others as individuals, whilst generating a sense of fairness, honest involvement and good behaviour. In ensuring safe participation, recognising and following relevant rules, laws, codes, etiquette and safety procedures for different activities. In promoting health and positive lifestyles through artistic expression and physical activity, this being of equal importance to all levels of ability. The PE department offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities which include: Basketball Parkour Running Athletics Badminton Rounders Dodgeball Short Tennis Cricket Football Netball The PE Department also organises a number of trips and visits in and out of school time such as Leicester Riders Basketball, Wimbledon, Year 6 Sports Days, Laboratory Trip, Gym Inductions and Ball Crew experience. During the academic year 2013 – 2014 the opportunities for students to obtain a qualification in PE and Sport include: - BTEC First Award (Level 2) at Key Stage 4 - BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (Level 3) at Key Stage 5 The BTEC First and National courses have been designed to build on learning from Key Stage 3 for those that wish to explore a vocational route throughout Years 10 – 11 and 12 – 13. They provide suitable progression into the fitness industry or can lead onto degree courses or other Higher Education courses. Students considering undertaking sport as an examination subject must have a keen interest in sport, fitness and performance. It is desirable to be involved in sport/exercise/leadership opportunities outside of College.