“More than 1.4 million people are employed
in the creative industry in the U.K”.
Dance is a thriving subject at Fairfield High School, with students
from all year groups attending extra-curricular clubs and enjoying
creative and interesting lessons during curriculum time.
GCSE Dance is a relatively new subject at Fairfield that has
run for the past five years. Students opting for the GCSE
Dance course have increased gradually over the year,
with numbers rising from twelve students to, at present,
nearly thirty students. The results have also improved
dramatically over the years, from 55% A*-C grades, to
last year's results of 72%, gaining a Grade C or
There is an extensive programme of events
offered during extra-curricular time and many
different dance styles are offered. These range
from jazz-modern to contemporary dance.
Over eighty students, from all five year groups,
regularly attend Dance Clubs. We have even
set up a boys' street dance group which has
been well attended and greatly appreciated.
Over the years, the students have performed in
a variety of local venues such as the Halton
Show, the Queen's Hall, Widnes Sixth Form
College, the Brindley Arts Centre and also a whole
host of primary schools. Some of our more
advanced students even performed at the Liverpool
Empire in front of Wayne Sleep, which was a great
Many touring dance networks have performed at Fairfield and have also
provided both educational and creative workshops for our students. Such
companies have included: West Cheshire Dance College; Ludus Dance
Company; a Jazz and African workshop and, perhaps most prestigious of all,
the English National Ballet, who introduced many of our Year 9 girls and boys
to the dance form.
Some of our ex-GCSE students have gone on to study Dance to A level, or
higher, with pupils moving on to Widnes Sixth Form College, Halton College,
West Cheshire Dance College and the Northern Ballet Academy. Most
importantly of all, two of our ex-students are currently studying at the
Hammond Dance Academy.
With Fairfield High School gaining Performing Arts College status, I am sure
that Dance within the school will continue to grow and thrive. Equally, I am
convinced that the solid foundation our talented pupils have built whilst they
are at school will prove to enable them to achieve further success and a