Welcome to the Drama Department. Drama plays an important role in the development of children's confidence. Drama helps prepare students for their performances in life, whether on or off stage, developing vital skills such as the ability to communicate well and work creatively in a team. It’s a subject that teaches on many levels – from the physicality of movement and the exploration of emotions to the academic, intellectual and imaginative study of plays and theatre practitioners.
The Drama Department boasts a well-qualified and committed Drama teacher who delivers Drama Lessons in a well-equipped Drama Hall. We have an excellent lighting rig, superior sound equipment that can be controlled at the click of a button and utilised in every Drama lesson. With a huge space available.
Key Stage 3
All students enjoy one lesson of Drama per fortnight from years 7 to 9. The syllabus is structured around the making and performing of Drama and responding to it, as outlined by Arts Council England, using their Drama in Schools levels for assessment. There are three formal assessments per year as well as an opportunity for a written self evaluation at the end of each year. The course is practical and progressive, allowing for the development of skills needed for the start of GCSE Drama. Furthermore, all students are challenged to develop their communication, leadership and group working skills. Topics studied include:
Key drama skills, Masks, Storytelling, Melodrama, Improvisation, Page to stage, Status, Stereotypes, Shakespeare, Rites of passage, Mime, plus many more.
Key Stage 4
We now have an exciting new GCSE course on offer, which allows those who are talented at Drama to pursue their gifting. The syllabus requires the pupils to perform and analyse their own and other performances. They learn how a piece of theatre is constructed and this helps increase their appreciation of productions they see. We visit the theatre on a regular basis, enjoy and learn from the professionals. Drama is a subject that needs to be performed in order to fully appreciate it. At the end of each unit we present an evening of performance in order to allow parents, family and the wider the community the opportunity to enjoy the pupil’s hard work.
Whole School Play
Each year we stage a school production which provides an opportunity for the whole school to get involved. In addition to acting and performing, we are always looking for pupils with: good business acumen to market the show; artists and set designers to create our stunning scenery; musicians to play the fantastic instruments on offer from the music department and those with the technical knowhow to operate the AV equipment. We are currently investing a significant amount of money into the Drama Department in order to allow pupils to reach their full potential.
After School Rehersals