Welcome to the Performing Arts Department

Subject Topics

At Key Stage 3 students develop skills in Performing, Composing and Appraising through study of the following topics:

Year 7:

Musical Elements, Form and Structures; Pachelbel’s Canon; Carnival of the Animals and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; Cardiff Calypso and Composing for Storyboards.

Year 8:

Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll; Composing for Film; Welsh Vocal Music; ‘Jamaican Farewell’ and Samba.

Year 9:

20th Century Techniques - specifically Minimalism; Pop Song; African Drumming; Reggae and Musicals.

At Key Stage 4, GCSE students develop their performing, composing and appraising skills through the study of the four key areas on the WJEC syllabus: Welsh Music, Forms and structures; New Directions in Classical Music and Music for Special Occasions.

At Key Stage 5, AS and A Level students follow the WJEC syllabus which furthers their skills in all key areas and incorporates the study of set works.

Exam Boards


A Level Music - WJEC

GCSE Drama - Edexcel

A Level Music - Edexcel


The department is equipped with:

- Three specific teaching rooms

- Two larger peri rooms

- IT facilities for composing, with Sibelius and Cubase software installed

- Range of orchestral instruments

- Access to Music Service Music and facilities

- Purpose built concert hall for shows and concerts regularly used by community groups like Music Service, BBC orchestra of Wales

Extra Cirricular Activities

STP has a thriving Performing Arts extra-curricular programme. Including weekly rehearsals of:

- Orchestra

- Development Orchestra

- String Orchestra

- Main Choir

- Girls Choir

- Boys Choir

- Brass Group

- Percussion Ensemble

- Various other smaller ensembles

- Drama club

The department produces a bi-annual Musical. The most recent shows are ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘We will Rock You’ and ‘Bugsy Malone’. We also performed at the Shakespeare Schools Festival, performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Due the high standard of performance, many groups been invited to perform at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham. including ‘STP voices’ and the Percussion Ensemble in 2013. Several students are also members of National Ensembles.

There are regular school concerts, as well as less formal productions such as ‘Decades Night’ – an evening featuring pop music through the decades.

The school is also proud to be the hub of many Pembrokeshire County rehearsals.

Teaching Staff

- Mr James Olyott (HoD)

- Miss Laura Goldsmith

- Mrs Lisa Shelmerdine Richards

- Miss Robyn Welsby

Peripatetic Staff

- Mrs Jane Gregory (Upper Strings)

- Mr Kyle Paterson (Lower Strings)

- Mrs Marion O’Toole (Harp)

- Dr Stuart Evans (Flute)

- Mrs Elaine Powell (Single Reed Woodwind)

- Mr Chris Gillatt (Double Reed Woodwind)

- Mr Kevin Shanklin (Upper Brass)

- Mrs Hilary Lewis (Middle Brass)

- Mr Colin Barratt (Lower Brass)

- Mrs Melanie Walker (Orchestral Percussion and Drum Kit)

- Mrs Sarah Benbow (Voice)

- Mrs Rosemary Richards (Piano)

- Mr John Rodge (Guitar)

- Mr David Knowles (Guitar)


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 Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5
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