Performing Arts and Music

New College Pontefract is the area’s number one specialist, academic sixth-form college. Our outstanding Performing Arts department features incredible facilities including:

  • State-of-the-art recording studio and live room.
  • Theatre with professional sound and lighting system.
  • Dance studio with mirror wall.
  • iMac suite with industry-standard recording software.
  • Practice rooms and instruments for students to hone their skills.

100% PASS RATE IN 2023


(Diploma Equivalent to 1.5 A-levels, Extended Diploma Equivalent to 3 A-levels)

Meet The Team

Michelle Colvill

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Adam Hidle

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I feel very lucky to be teaching the subjects of music and sound engineering at New College, as they are the things I am most passionate about. I have been regularly performing and creating music since I was 9 years old and have been lucky to have had opportunities to travel around the UK and Europe performing. My first instrument is drums, but I tend to play more guitar now! I also sing, play bass and keys. I studied in Leeds and have a first class degree in Music Performance and Production, and I am well connected in the music industry. Over the years, I have been lucky to work in different studios, recording and producing a variety of artists. I still play in several different bands that regularly gig around West Yorkshire and beyond. Some highlights of my performing life are playing at venues such as O2 Academies, theatres and festivals. I have worked in various schools and educational establishments throughout my teaching career so far, giving me experience in a variety of different settings. I am now joint Head of Performing Arts at New College, and it is a pleasure to work with such a strong team of talented and dedicated staff and students. I am passionate that every student should have the opportunity to study a Performing Arts subject! I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Grant Woodfine

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Emma Gumbley

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Hayley Humphries

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Arden Sills

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Jenny Bevan

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Marc Hoad

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William Burke

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BTEC and A-Level Music will help you to take your first steps towards a new career with the right blend of technical and academic skills in order to become the highly skilled, work-ready individuals’ employers and universities look for. The BTEC Level 3 Nationals and A-Level Music are qualifications designed to help you succeed. They have been developed in collaboration with over 5,000 universities, employers and professional bodies with employability at the heart, so your learners can develop the skills and confidence they will need to step into their future providing maximum flexibility around course content working towards your strengths and interests.

In BTEC Sound Engineering, lessons are very practical to give students the best opportunities to develop their skills for employment or further study at degree level. You will study both independently and as part of a team, depending on the nature of your task, which means each lesson is varied in delivery. You will have access to our state-of-the-art iMac suite(s), complete with industry standard software and our amazing recording studio with top quality microphones, preamps and other equipment. Finally, the music department are keen to run many different trips for our students to enhance your experience on the course even more. We love to visit industry leading universities and plan to go on music tours overseas, so that you can get real world experience!


Merging these two subjects together; Dance and Drama would provide students with a strong start to their performance aspirations, confidence and practical ability. Both courses embarks on building performance, theory and transferable skills. The confidence growth seen in students who study these courses is remarkable. All students leave our courses being strong minded, critical thinkers who can develop work independently and work extremely well in collaboration with others.

Dance is more than just a form of entertainment. Dance builds connections between students and our ever-developing world; it is embedded within every culture and allows us to explore and share traditions. Studying dance also promotes opportunities for students to develop many personal and employability skills such as collaboration, discipline and adaptability that will benefit our students as they move onto face the challenges found in Higher Education or employment.


Music Producer£15,000 – £63,000
Music Therapist£24,000 – £83,000
Musician£15,000. -£111,000
Private Music Teacher£22,000 – £70,000
Secondary School Teacher£22,000 – £46,000
Sound Engineer£19,000 – £49,000
Physiotherapist£24,000 – £49,000
Dance Development Co-ordinator£24,000 – £35,000
Dance Performer£21,000 – £31,000
Personal Trainer£19,000 – £91,000
Producer£27,000 – £82,000
Director£15,000 – £98,000
Actor / Actress£13,000 – £126,000
Lighting Designer£21,000 – £40,000
Prop Maker£28,000 – £46,000
Costume Designer£20,000 – £31,000
Marketing£19,000 – £116,000
Events Manager£20,000 – £42,000
Social Worker£23,000 – £41,000


Imogen Walker, Crofton Academy

“A-level Drama really is a brilliant subject. There’s never ending opportunities to let your creativity run wild and really just let loose and enjoy the subject. Every lesson there is something new and exciting to get stuck into! Drama is a safe, welcoming space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves and make amazing friends.”

Edith Senior, Minsthorpe Community College

“The course has developed my confidence as a musician and also increased my knowledge of music theory at a higher level whilst still maintaining an engaging atmosphere in every lesson. The teachers are supportive of every student’s needs.”

Grace Lonsdale, The Kings High School Dance

“I have really enjoyed learning about the different practitioners and choreographers within the dance industry. We had the opportunity to perform in the annual showcase, which helped develop our confidence and skills as performers.”

Calum Green, Brayton Academy

“I feel that my time in Sound Engineering has had a great impact on me as a musician, a sound engineer and as an individual. My teacher has done a brilliant job at developing my knowledge surrounding music technology, allowing me to use the skills I have learnt outside of college in a musical setting.”

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