Performing Arts

We recognise the importance of music, drama and dance as an enriching and educational activity that benefits our students culturally, socially and academically.

Year 7 & 8 singing sessions

In Years 7 and 8 all students receive morning singing sessions run by our voice teacher from Oldham Music Service. Sessions are fun, engaging and accessible to all abilities and include rapping and beat boxing.

During sessions students learn the structure of music and rehearse songs as a group. Every student then performs their group piece in an assembly. Students who demonstrate a talent or interest in singing are identified and can join the academy choir or receive vocal tuition lessons.


The academy choir welcomes students from all year groups, and is an opportunity to learn different styles of song and performance. Our academy choir has performed in local competitions and are part of performances planned (and unplanned) at the academy.

Key stage 3 drama and dance clubs are open to all key stage 3 students interested in acting and dancing. In drama we study and rehearse plays from a range of playwrights and genres – students are currently rehearsing Teechers by John Godber. Dance club is an opportunity to devise and choreograph dances from a range of styles, and students are currently rehearsing a dance from the musical Chicago for a local competition.

Personal music tuition

At TOAN we want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and can make progress in music. Personal tuition is available to all students and is heavily subsidised by the academy. Interested students can receive string, brass, woodwind, keyboard and vocal lessons.

Weekly lessons take place in academy, and are led by qualified, specialist teachers from Oldham Music Service. Once signed up students receive an instrument which they can take home to practice.


Students frequently perform at whole academy and community events. Each year we hold a celebration performance in dance, drama and music performed to the whole academy.

Our GCSE drama students perform their exam pieces to student audiences, and our performing artists have even been requested at community events including a recent police swearing in ceremony held at TOAN.

Students are also invited to attend live theatre performances. Recent highlights include Blood Brothers, the English National Ballet performance of Giselle at the Manchester Palace Theatre and The Woman in Black at The Lowry.

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