Drama

Curriculum intent

We study Drama to focus on developing skills in performing, analysing and evaluating drama and theatre through exploration of themes, texts and dramatic practices.  We promote core skills in team work, communication co-operation and empathy.  We aim to inspire our students to become reflective and creative individuals that have the confidence to explore and question the world around them, because after all “all the worlds a stage and all the men and women are merely players”.

The Team/ Facilities

The Drama department has subject specialist teachers and a visiting practitioner who regularly works with examination groups. The team organise and direct large scale productions and run a number of theatre visits, extra-curricular clubs and projects. Drama has two dedicated studios complete with fully integrated, digitally controlled lighting systems, quadraphonic’s, 500 watt sound system – incorporating CD, minidisk and MP3 player ports, a large costume and props store, a developing range of classical and contemporary texts and moveable stacker rostra. The school also boasts a large theatre to showcase and support the students drama work.


Key Stage 3

During years 7 and 8, students receive one timetabled lesson each week. Throughout the two years we cover basic acting skills, mask work, puppetry, genre, play texts, silent movies, comedy and Shakespeare. The focus of these lessons is to instil teamwork, self-control, co-operation, communication and mutual respect.

 


Key Stage 4

GCSE students will build on the practical techniques that were covered at key stage 3 as well as inherit many new drama skills. Within the course we cover a range of dramatic explorative strategies that are investigated practically, in written coursework and in a written exam. The course does require a great deal of commitment to extra rehearsal time, research and written work. The practical work is based on both original ideas and written scripts and extends to include set design, costume, props, lighting and sound. Opportunities to showcase student’s practical work occur through lesson based, public and externally examined performances.

If you want more information contact Mrs F Chandler or Miss A Mowatt.


sixth form

The Edexcel A Level course is taught by specialist teachers, in order for the students to receive high quality preparation for their practical and written exams. In the first year the students study the practical and written exploration of play texts, whereupon they stage a scripted play and a devised performance. During the course students expand their practical drama skills and work with more experimental techniques for two examined performances. Towards the end of Year 13 the focus shifts towards preparation for their written exam where students study a play texts and explore a live performance. The students must commit to rehearsing outside of lessons. It is essential that a range of live theatre is seen and the department run a series of theatre trips over the 2 year course in order to accommodate these demands.

If you want more information contact Mrs F Chandler or Miss A Mowatt.