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Performing Arts

Performing is an essential part of a Bethany education. Performance activities are enjoyable, develop important skills for life and are the key to success in many areas of employment.



Each year a significant number of our Sixth Form leavers move on to careers in dance, drama and musical areas, with an abundance of opportunity at Bethany for all pupils to develop their performing talents.

New Performing Arts Centre

We are delighted to be building a new state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre, which will open in September 2024.


Key features for our new Performing Arts Centre:


  • 214-seat theatre with full lighting rig and backstage area
  • Dance Studio
  • Drama classroom
  • Music centre with 7 practice rooms
  • Mac suite – for composition and music tech
  • Recording studio
  • Commanding views across the campus and over the Weald


Performing Arts at Bethany School
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“The school and staff here have been so accommodating to my acting ambitions. Mr Bolton is an incredibly supportive drama teacher with so much faith in me.”
Year 12 Pupil




Drama is an integral part of Bethany and its creative ethos, giving a range of opportunities for involvement, irrespective of age or experience, to a large number of pupils each year. The department offers many performances, exciting workshops and an array of theatre trips for Bethany pupils.

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School of Rock (1)
Grease (9)
Grease (8)
Grease (7)
Grease (6)
Grease (5)
Grease (4)
Grease (3)
Grease (2)
Grease (1)
Hairspray (8)
Hairspray (7)
Hairspray (6)
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Hairspray (1)
Bugsy Malone
Bugsy Malone (8)
Bugsy Malone (7)
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Bugsy Malone (5)
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Bugsy Malone (3)
Bugsy Malone (2)
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At Bethany, we challenge preconceptions of what dance can be and aim to ignite pupils’ own creativity in composition work. The confidence gained through achievements in dance helps to build social skills, increase self-esteem, problem solve and communicate within a group, all of which are transferable skills.

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Music at Bethany is a place where all pupils can achieve, regardless of ability. The department strongly reflects the fundamental core values of Bethany by showing pupils that if they have the passion and the determination to succeed, then anything is possible. Pupils are given the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and are immersed in an extremely practical and differentiated environment which allows them to develop key skills that will benefit them in all aspects of life. Pupils can also take part in a range of live music events hosted in and out of Bethany throughout the course of an academic year.

Music curriculum

Music at Bethany School allows for countless opportunities for all pupils of all ages. Every pupil within year 7, 8 and 9 receives an hour of class music tuition per week, where many go onto study BTEC Level 2 and BTEC Level 3 Music Performance. Music Technology has recently been added into the Key Stage 3 curriculum, where pupils are learning music technology industry standards in preparation for a career within the music industry when they leave school. Due to the popularity of these lessons, Bethany School will be looking at adding Music Technology at Key Stage 4 and 5 in the near future.


Bethany School offers numerous music ensembles during lunch times and enrichment time.  The most popular is the Whole School production band that takes place twice a week.  This is a brilliant way for pupils to work with other musicians and build their ensemble skills outside of the classroom. Bethany School is looking to expand these opportunities for vocalists also with a school choir.  This choir will perform in whole school settings, as well as our annual Carol service that takes place as St Dunstan’s church in Cranbrook. Music Scholars also have regular meetings where they rehearse for whole school events such as assemblies, Speech Day and the Carol Service.


Bethany School put together regular concerts during the school day for pupils and staff to attend, and evening performances for parents, guardians, and friends to attend and support. Many of these concerts are also organised by the pupils themselves, showing a true passion for the work that they are doing. All concerts that are organised by the students raise money for specific charities that they have chosen themselves. Macmillan, Jessie’s Fund (a local Music charity) and MIND are just a small selection of some of the recent charities, where pupils have raised over £500. All performances are recorded and made available to pupils/parents/guardians should they request them.

Musical lessons

Many of our pupils take part in a number of peripatetic lessons that are offered at Bethany School.  Guitar, Drums, Singing and Piano are just a few of the instruments taught in 1-2-1 40 minute lessons at Bethany School. During the Summer term, a peripatetic concert is held for pupils to show what they have been learning during these lessons.  This is great way to also end a school year.

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