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Drama

The Drama Department consists of the Head Drama and Performing Arts, and an additional two full time members of staff. The subject is taught in KS3, KS4 and also KS5, where it is called Drama and Theatre Studies.

Department Aims

Educate   |   Enlighten   |   Include   |   Entertain

  • To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Drama.
  • To create an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn and to value each other. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of Race, Religion, Gender and Ability with tolerance and insight.
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils to have equal access to Drama and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students will cover the following areas:

Confidence and team building  |  group dynamic  |  form identity.

Introduction and development of basic drama skills and theatrical techniques which allow themes and issues to be explored in a safe environment.

Experimentation with a range of texts – both literary and media.

Appreciation of design elements, such as music / sound / light / props and how they can be employed to enhance dramatic effects and meaning, thus increasing audience experience.

Assessment

All students are assessed once per term. They are assessed in the following areas: ability to work in a group/ contribution of ideas/ shaping of ideas/ability to apply dramatic techniques/performance/evaluation of their own work and that of others.

All students are taught to develop their skills in self evaluation and peer assessment, which develops further in Key Stage 4.

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Encourage her to go to the theatre independently of those trips which are organised by the department.
  • Explore the themes, ideas and historical context of the work studied in Drama in discussion at home, and encourage her to carry out further research to develop independent study skills.

Key Stage 4

We are pleased to offer to pupils the Edexcel GCSE in Drama, which places emphasis on practical exploration and creates opportunities to perform or to gain experience in performance support. This is coupled with academic rigour in research, preparation, analysis and evaluation. The course that we have designed uses inspiring material which stimulates pupils to create exciting and imaginative drama, either through work on script, or in improvisation and devising.

Course Subject: Drama

Board: Edexcel GCSE Drama

The examination is divided into three parts:

Unit 1 (30%)
In this unit pupils will engage in a programme of work which will allow them to explore a theme, topic or issue through practical drama activities in a range of groupings. They will work with a range of stimulus material, which might include, images, music, text, film, objects or live theatre performance. Pupils will be continually assessed in their practical work on this unit, and will write a documentary response to their work under controlled conditions.

Unit 2 (30%)
In unit 2 pupils will explore a complete play text through practical activities in a range of groupings. They will learn how to interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance. Pupils will evaluate the effectiveness of different interpretations of a complete and substantial play text, develop performance skills and rehearsal techniques, use the language of drama to communicate ideas to others and explore different staging methods and approaches to developing characters.    As in Unit 1, pupils will be continually assessed in their practical work and will write a documentary response under controlled conditions.  

In this unit pupils will also be expected to attend at least one theatre trip organised by the Drama Department as they are required to write a Live Theatre Review.

Unit 3 (40%)
In this unit pupils will work as part of a group chosen by their teacher as a ‘Theatre Company’. As a whole group they must develop a performance of a scripted play or devise original pieces of drama for performance. Unit 3 is assessed by a visiting examiner from Edexcel and is performed to an audience of peers. We offer pupils the opportunity to celebrate their work in a performance to friends and family after the exam performance. 

To support your daughter’s learning it is recommended that you:

  • Encourage her to go to the theatre independently of those trips which are organised by the department.
  • Explore the themes, ideas and historical context of the work studied in Drama in discussion at home, and encourage her to carry out further research to develop independent study skills.


Extra Curricular

We offer a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge of drama outside of the classroom. 

In KS3 we offer several drama clubs which are run by the sixth form students, on a weekly basis. We also have a company who come in to teach drama once a week, who specifically work towards completing LAMDA qualifications. Throughout the year there are several opportunities for students to become involved in performances such as the Whole School Production and Expressive Arts Evening.

In KS4, GSCE drama students have a visiting theatre company, who perform to them as part of their course. They are also taken to the West End to see a well known show.  KS4 drama students have the opportunity to showcase their work to a public audience towards the end of year 11. Students in KS4 are also given the opportunity to perform in the Whole School Production and Expressive Arts Evening.

The Performing Arts Departments work together to direct a Whole School Production, where Drama is the key subject. All students have the opportunity to audition for either a main role or part of the chorus.