Drama is an important subject on the curriculum and one that helps students to develop a range of key skills that are transferable across all subjects, as well as prepare them for lives outside of school. We are not just about training the actors of tomorrow; we aim to:
- Encourage students to develop their creativity and self-confidence, as well as their collaborative and communication skills.
- Foster an interest in and an understanding of Drama and theatre arts.
- Build up an understanding and empathy with others through exploring scripted drama and live performance
Lower School Drama (Year 7 and 8) have Drama via a carousel system running in half term blocks for Year 7 and termly blocks for Year 8.
In year seven, students enjoy units of work based on mime and movement, building character and Greek theatre. These units focus on performance and are designed to develop their ability in using their vocal and physical skills, as well as their understanding of stage space.
In year eight, students continue to develop their performing skills though a module based on Alan Aykbourn’s play Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations. Through studying aspects of the play, they learn about interpreting character, conveying character to an audience, and different theatrical styles; bringing in music and sound, physical theatre and other rehearsal techniques.
Year 9 is our GCSE transition year. Students are taught Drama once a week and they start to explore aspects of Drama that are part of the GCSE syllabus. They begin with studying and responding to Live Theatre and the work of other performers. They then go on to explore Devising Theatre from a stimulus, looking at the influences of key practitioners and applying their techniques to a scripted performance.
GCSE Drama and Theatre Arts
We run a popular and successful course following the AQA syllabus. Most students who follow this course focus on performance but we also offer a technical and design route through where students can choose to focus on set design, lighting, sound and / or costume. They are required to produce two practical performances for assessment, one devised piece and one scripted, as well as study different topics for their final examination. We teach them knowledge and understanding of all aspects of theatre, a set text (The 39 Steps) and how to respond to live theatre seen during the course. There are regular opportunities to visit theatres to see live productions.
This AQA Drama and Theatre Studies course allows students to study a range of theatre styles, practitioners and set texts (Shakespeare’s Much Ado and Polly Teale’s Bronte). It also offers two practical performance assessments; devised and scripted. It aims to develop a student’s understanding of theatre at a deeper level, both theoretically and practically. Many students go on to study Performing Arts at a higher level at University or at Drama School.
Drama Club and Drama Productions
Extra-curricular work centres around the whole school production in the Autumn term and a lower school production in the Summer Term. There is an annual Inter House Drama Competition in the Spring term. There are two drama clubs, a dance club, a technical club for budding light and sound engineers and a costume club, all of which run at lunch times.