Drama is a thriving Department within the school. We have a fully equipped Drama Studio for practical sessions and small scale examination performances and a smaller classroom, with ICT facilities for supporting the delivery of the written elements of the GCSE and GCE courses. We also have access to the school stage, which is equipped to a good standard both for lessons and for our main school productions.
Neil Pritchard. Head of Department. Email: email@example.com
Key Stage Three
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore in practical terms themes and issues that will expand their personal development and support their emotional intelligence needs. Students are taught in mixed ability Tutor Groups.
The Units of Study look at specific drama skills and dramatic conventions. They also highlight the work of a specific Theatre Practitioner.
Designed to build on the students previous dramatic experience the units also prepare them for GCSE Drama should they wish to pursue the subject further.
View KS3 Developing Drama Skills here
Key Stage Four
We currently offer AQA GCSE DRAMA as a two year course. The majority of students who opt for the course are interested in performing but there are also opportunities to explore some of the production elements of Drama, such as, Lighting, Sound, Make-up, Costume and Set Design. Theatre visits are incorporated throughout the two years of study and these from the basis of work both in the practical and written elements of the course.
It is substantially a practically based course with lessons based on the exploration of ideas, text and theatrical concepts; these are undertaken in the Drama Studio or School Stage. Theoretical explorations of Practitioners, theatre reviews and supporting notes in preparation for the written examination are undertaken in The Green Room.
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 in the year and support the School Production in some way. It is an excellent grounding for GCE Drama & Theatre Studies.
||The Woman in Black
View the AQA GCSE Exam Board Syllabus here
Key Stage Five
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. It has a proven track record of high achievement within the school.
In Year 12 students practically explore and study a set text to gain a greater understanding of taking a play from ‘page to stage’, focusing on style, genre and performance practice. These theatrical endeavours are supported by theatre visits throughout the year. Their major performance element is the study of a leading Theatrical Practitioner and application of their knowledge of the practitioner’s rehearsal techniques and key performance features to a script of their choosing.
Year 13 sees students practically exploring and studying two set texts, taking them both from ‘page to stage’ and building on the skills that they have developed in Year 12. Their major performance element takes the form of a Devised Production and should be seen as a culmination of their Drama experiences both observed and executed to date. The focus and parameters of the performance are chosen by the students and guided and supported by staff.
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 in the year and support the School Production in some way. It is an excellent grounding for a wide variety of university courses, not just drama specific and for life in general.
||Oh What a Lovely War
||Ensemble play with songs
||Bertolt Brecht, Steven Berkoff, Peter Brook
||The Recruiting Officer
Our Country’s Good
||Constantin Stanislavski & Max Stafford-Clark
View the AQA GCE Examination Board Syllabus here
The School Production traditionally takes place in the first week of February each year. The choice of production is dependent on the nature and inclinations of the students who are attending the school at the time.
The production for 2016 is …
Oh What a Lovely War!