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Admissions Policy 2017/18
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By Roisin Catlin
Year 7

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The school currently has vacancies for a Site Manager; Caretaker and a Teaching Assistant. Full details can be found on our school website.
St Edmund's Open Evening Monday 2nd October 2017, 6pm to 8.30pm.
Sports Day Wednesday 19th July. Students MUST be in school on time in the correct PE kit, with a packed lunch and a drink and have sun cream
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RT @StEdsPortsmouth: A reminder that our last day of term is Thursday 20th July 2017. Students can be collected at the Cathedral at 11.30am


Life of St Edmund's Prayer


Heavenly Father, as we gather in prayer, we ask for the guidance and inspiration of our school patron,
St Edmund, who led a life based on Gospel values and the belief in the power of God.

We, pray that like Edmund, each of us will personally come to believe that,
“I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
and that together our school community may grow ever closer to you and to one another.

May our school be a place that reaches out to the wider community
and is mindful of the environment around us.

We pray in union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.                                                                     


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Approach to Teaching

Dance is a brand new, exciting subject for all students at St Edmund’s beginning in September 2012. Dance is now offered as part of the curriculum at KS3, with all pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 taking Dance lessons as part of their weekly timetable, as well as a brand new option for pupils at KS4. Dance lessons at St Edmunds aims to provide students with a dance education that will not only assist them with further training at KS4 but provide students with key skills that will help them throughout their life.

Students learn a variety of topics that assist them in social communication skills, working within small and larger groups, as well as providing personal, learning and thinking skills throughout. This is achieved through creating an environment where students are able to creatively produce work and in turn be able to appreciate the work of their peers.


Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

At KS3, lessons focus on teaching pupils the basic skills and techniques required for success at KS4, covering areas such as choreography, performance and evaluation in Dance. This is taught through the study of basic body movements, looking at a variety of different stimuli in order to create movement from. Students will study themes such as the Olympics, Cartoons and video games, Cars, Action and Reaction, Musicals, and use of props in dance. Throughout each unit students will be introduced to devices that they can apply to their choreography that will develop their movement further. This will allow students to experiment with: changes of levels, group formations and positions, pathways, unison and canon, dynamics and speeds, and relationships in dance through contact work and basic lifts.

In addition students will also study Dance styles from around the world such as Indian dance, Spanish dance, African dance, and the recently popular Free Running that has developed from France.


Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Performing Arts; Dance

At KS4 students study the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Performing Arts; Dance. This course comprises of three mandatory units, all of which have a strongly weighted practical element, with the addition of an element of written coursework within each unit which focuses upon self-evaluation and reflection. . It aims to develop physical and performance skills through the process of rehearsal and performance, which offers a great opportunity for progression. Students study a variety of different technical and interpretive skills within a variety of different dance styles. The units have a strong focus on practical workshops and technique classes, also involving rehearsing and performing choreographed dances, and taking part in performances. In addition students will develop their understanding of the Performing Arts industry and the job roles on offer within this industry.

There are 3 units to BTEC Dance:

Unit 1: Individual Showcase

This unit involves:

Creating a letter of application for a specific job role within the Performing Arts industry – taking place under controlled conditions.

Preparing for an “audition scenario” using a given stimulus.

Performance of your audition lasting two minutes.

This unit will be prepared for within choreographic workshops and lesson time, and assessed externally by an examiner through video footage.

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production

This unit involves:

Planning for, preparing for, and producing a “showcase”.

Taking on a specific performing or production role, and      preparing for that job role by carrying out tasks that will shape the      performance. These could include job roles such as Marketing, Budgeting, Costume designer, Choreographer, Lighting designer etc.

Working as part of a company in order to put on a performance.

This unit will be prepared for and carried out through production meetings and creative sessions during lesson time. This unit is internally assessed by your teacher through the final show, as well as your planning and production portfolio.

Unit 4: Dance Skills

This unit involves:

Take part in technique classes and workshops in a variety of different dance styles.

Develop physical and performance skills within a set dance.

Identify areas for improvement and set targets, tracking own progress.

This unit is delivered through workshops and technique classes. This unit is internally assessed by your teacher through the 2x 1 minute performances in 2 different dance styles, as well as your unit portfolio.


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Reporting a child absent

Parents are required to report pupil absence to the school by 9.00am
(Unless school is closed)

023 9282 3766 (option 1)
Text: 07624 816830
Local Call: 0844 239 3488

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Best Tutor Group of the Week:

All students for the superb attendance over this academic year.

Well done!

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Autumn Term Events

These dates are accurate at time of going to press and are subject to change.

September 2017

Year 7 (8.20am start)
Year 11 (9.30am start)

All years return (0820 start)

Year 10 Information Evening

Year 7 Retreat

Year 7 Retreat

October 2017

Open Evening
6pm - 8.30pm

9.30am start for all students

8.45am, School Tour

School Photographs
Yeras 7, 8, 9 & 10

8.45am, School Your

8.45am, School Tour

Year 7 Tutor Evening

Year 11 Information Evening

23rd - 27th October Inclusive

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Stars of the Week

All students for the superb learning and homework over this academic  year.

You have all been amazing and we look forward to seeing more of your tremendous work in 2017-2018 academic year.

Well done to you all!

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