Drama is a creative and inclusive subject that presents students the opportunities to exercise their imagination and ability to communicate, whilst developing many skills, including understanding and empathy: All these are essential tools for life beyond school and the classroom.
Within school, drama is a popular and growing department. We are fortunate to have a fully-equipped studio in which most lessons are conducted. The approach to the subject is, for the most part, a practical one, and the expectation is that
all students are involved. Stagecraft and drama theory are taught across all age groups, with students
not only learning to be confident performers, but, hopefully, gaining more of an insight
into how to communicate effectively.
Neil Pritchard. Head of Department. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore in practical terms themes and issues that will expand their personal development. It should also support their emotional intelligence needs as well as honing their performance skills. Students are taught in mixed-ability groups.
Designed to build on the students’ previous dramatic experience, the units also prepare them for GCSE drama, should they wish to pursue the subject.
Mr Neil Pritchard
Head of Drama
Key Stage 4
We currently offer EDUQAS GCSE DRAMA as a two-year course. The emphasis of the course is to focus on the practical performance side of drama. Theatre visits are incorporated throughout the two years of study and these form the basis of work both in the practical and written elements of the course.
The delivery of the course is substantially practical. There are, however, written elements that support the work in class and contribute significantly to the final grade. During the two years, students will be expected to not only study the texts of established playwrights, but to devise their own performance to a given stimulus and according to the teachings of a chosen practitioner.
The course is open to all students who are committed to exploring ideas and concepts through drama and who enjoy working with their fellow students. The ability to work as a member of a group is essential. There is an expectation that students will rehearse after school at certain points of the course. It is an excellent grounding for A-level drama & theatre studies.
The GCSE specification can be found here:
Key Stage 5
We currently offer AQA GCE DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES. This A level is well respected by leading universities as it develops a wide range of skills including critical thinking, creativity, self-discipline and teamwork.
In Year 12, students practically explore and study two set texts to gain a greater understanding of taking a play from ‘page to stage’, focusing on style, genre and performance practice. Students then embark on devising their own piece of theatre according to the teachings of a chosen theatre practitioner – students are expected to bring their own skills and experiences into this performance. Students submit a working notebook alongside their final performance for assessment purposes.
Year 13 allows the students to explore further texts – selecting key scenes for rehearsal and performance. One of their chosen extracts is performed for an external examiner for assessment. In the latter part of the course, original texts studied in Year 12 are returned to for exam preparation.
The course is open to all students who are committed to exploring ideas and concepts through drama and who enjoy working with their fellow students. The ability to work as a member of a group is essential. Like those studying GCSE, there is an expectation that students will rehearse after school at certain points in the year. It is an excellent grounding for a wide variety of university courses, not just drama specific, and for life in general.
The A Level specification can be found here:
In the last couple of years, the whole-school production has taken place just before Christmas. It is rehearsed from September and any member of the school cohort is welcome to participate, regardless of experience. Musical productions of Robin’s Hoodie and A Christmas Carol (Rebooted) are our most recent performances, and have proved very successful. In the Autumn Term of 2019, the school is embarking on its first movie – involving more students and members of staff than ever before.