Drama operates within the English Faculty.
Our aims are to provide opportunities for students to:
- Explore situations involving human dilemmas through a variety of drama forms.
- Challenge perceptions of drama both as a learning medium and an art form.
- Develop and enhance communication and social skills through dramatic experiences.
- Value the experiences they bring to their own learning.
- Appreciate and develop skills in theatre arts.
- Understand the artistic process through responding, developing, performing and evaluating.
- Develop the imagination within the dramatic context.
- Be a critical audience.
Through our activities we strive to:
- Stimulate total involvement and commitment from students.
- Enable all students to succeed and develop self-esteem.
- Show that learning can be fun.
- Encourage respect for other people’s contributions.
- Challenge students to consider complex issues, thoughts, feelings and actions.
Accommodation and Resources
Drama is taught in our drama classrooms. School productions, show case evenings and the practical GCSE and ‘A’ level exams are staged in the school hall.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7,8 and 9 have a double lesson each week. Students are taught in mixed ability groupings of around 25, on a rotation through the term with Art and Music.
Key Stage 4
Drama is a popular option and the students study GCSE Drama according to the Edexcel specification. Exam results consistently exceed the national average. Staff are encouraged to contribute their own ideas to schemes of work, taking on board KS3 and KS4 requirements. High expectations and challenge are high priorities in all years.
Key Stage 5
Theatre Studies is a popular option at Key Stage 5.
Drama clubs run on a regular basis for all years, where leadership skills are promoted through our drama leader programme. Visits to theatres, workshops and master classes support the drama curriculum, including theatre experiences of ‘Warhorse’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Wicked’ and ‘Guys and Dolls’.
School productions include ‘The Crucible’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Drama also offers a popular ‘children’s theatre making’ course during Activities week.