Drama is unique as a subject as its curriculum is dictated and sculptured by the experiences and interests of the participating students within it. In the last several years JKHS has enjoyed a resurgence with regards to the interest and uptake of students choosing to study this subject at GCSE and A-Level. The study of drama should be as enjoyable as it is beneficial – and shouldn’t be seen as a subject purely for aspiring actors or performers, but it is also for those who wish to hone their communication skills, build their confidence or simply wish to better their understanding of how to present themselves in the world.
Students studying A-Level Drama, get to further extend their vocabulary of scripted texts as well as devising their own performance. Like GCSE, students are assessed through coursework and a final written exam worth 40% of the qualification. At A-Level the emphasis is more towards the developing “acting skills” although there are some design aspects that are covered. The course emulates a rep theatre company, and the values held within it.