Our curriculum at Headlands is designed to build towards success at BTEC Level 2, as well as equipping students with the communication skills, creativity, confidence and resilience to maximise their future achievements and cope with challenges they meet along the way.

The curriculum from Year 10 onwards provides experience of a broad range of dance styles and is designed to help students develop their dance skills in performance but also the skills to express themselves in a confident and individual way.

There is a strong focus on team work and self-reflection. The Dance curriculum explores a range of styles in order to provide a way for students to become aware of the diverse range of influences on our culture, in particular the arts.

The KS4 curriculum enables students to prepare with confidence for the BTEC in Performing Arts (Dance) at level 2 (GCSE equivalent). They can then progress onto the AQA A Level in Dance at KS5.

Lessons are carefully sequenced, designed and differentiated to support the progress of individual students who have a range of starting points and levels of prior attainment, so that all succeed and feel proud and confident in their achievements.

The Dance department is staffed by one experienced subject specialist. As a school, we offer a range of extra-curricular projects to support the learning of students, ranging from performance opportunities in musicals to theatre trips and workshops with professional practitioners.

The success of our curriculum is evident in our students’ exam results and in the confidence with which they take the next steps in their education or employment options. We also judge our curriculum’s success in the ways that students become rounded human beings with strong emotional intelligence and a love of learning and appreciation of the arts.

Intent Implementation Impact


2 Year Curriculum Plan


Curriculum Mapping


Year 10


Year 11



SMSC & British Values