At Park we strongly believe that the performing arts are an area in which all our pupils can experience success. A high percentage of our pupils have aspects of oral communication, self esteem and the ability to work collaboratively identified on their statements.
The performing arts are therefore given high priority in our school curriculum and also our out of hours provision. All pupils across the 4 key stages having discrete art, music and drama lessons as well as the performing arts being used as a teaching and learning tool across the curriculum. Park School run many arts linked after school and lunchtime clubs including band club, craft club, recorders and choir and also run a very popular 2 week summer scheme in which the children are involved in a range of art and drama activities.
The performing arts were identified as a strength of the school by OFSTED who described our brass band as “an excellent example of inclusive practise”. The band, alongside the choir, acts as an excellent ambassador for PCA both in the local community and also nationally through the wide range of events it attends. PCA has also been awarded specialist status in the performing arts and has achieved Artsmark Gold.
Park has strong links with many of the arts based groups in Blackpool and regularly play host to theatre groups and artists in residence alongside regular trips out to the theatre and collaborative projects with the Grundy Art gallery. We have 3 key performances across the year, with our primary pupils entertaining us to a Christmas production, a whole school self esteem raising fashion show in spring and a secondary production in the summer term. We are fortunate to have a dedicated performing arts block in school which houses an art room and a fully equipped dance/drama studio.