Performing Arts News

    This is a truly exciting time for the Performing Arts Department.

    The faculty is now entering a new era of Performing Arts Education for the region with our world class ‘Theatre of Dreams’.

    The faculty includes Drama, Music and Dance. In Years 7 & 8 pupils take Music and Drama once a week before they choose their options.

    In Year 9, students can opt to specialise in the Performing Arts Pathways through a BTEC qualification. This provides first class education within the art disciplines of Drama, Music or Dance.

    Our 6th Form qualifications currently consist of separate qualifications in both Performing Arts and Music. At St Mary’s College, we are proud to deliver an educational programme that prepares students for University, Drama school, professional Performing Arts colleges and Conservatoires.

    St Mary’s College is proud to be one of the first Royal Shakespeare Company Lead Associate Schools. Having piloted the scheme for the RSC, St Mary’s is now building partnerships with other secondary, primary and special schools in the region. The Partnership includes our regional venue Hull Truck Theatre enabling our students to take part in an annual festival either at Hull Truck or at St Mary’s. As well as innovative teaching of Shakespeare, our students have opportunities to visit Stratford upon Avon to see productions and take part in a residential work experience programme at this world class organisation. The Royal Shakespeare Company regularly brings productions to St Mary’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’ and we look forward to hosting their production of Julius Caesar in 2017/2018.

    Our ambitious annual productions are well respected in the area and offer the audience a chance to see the stars of tomorrow in our professional theatre. These take place in the penultimate week of the Spring term. We also put on regular productions performed by our vocational exam groups - not forgetting the annual Staff Pantomime!



    Mr B Lancaster - Director of Performing Arts

    Mr N Wood - Director of Performance

    Mr A Goldsmith - Partnership Director of Music

    Mr A McIntosh - Teacher of Music

    Mrs N Matthews - Teacher of Drama and Dance

    Mrs R Cooper - Teacher of Drama

    Miss L Fox - Teacher of Drama

    We are also pleased to have Drama and Music teachers within the department who are being supported through their teacher training programme.

    St Mary’s College is privileged to be supported by 11 peripatetic music teachers bringing their own area of specialism to our students.  


    The Drama Department has its own building which houses a studio space and traditional classroom for theory lessons as well as faculty offices. Our purpose built ‘Theatre of Dreams’ is only 2 years old and has state of the art lighting and sound facilities. It also boasts its own fly tower. In partnership with this, we have a large school hall which includes an in-house costume, prop, and set store.   

    Our Music Department boasts its own building and comprises of a large open plan classroom, a full computer suite fitted with Mac computers and keyboards and a Jampod station. There are several smaller rehearsal rooms as well as designated instrumental store areas.

    Dance is situated and taught, in a purpose built Dance studio. Here you will find natural light, high quality sound equipment based within the busy Sports Academy.

    If you require any further information on the Performing Arts provision at SMC, please do feel free to contact us. We are committed to providing the highest quality of Arts Education and our huge range of student success and longevity within this area of business is outstanding.