Since 2009, Drama has been part of the curriculum for Year 7, 8 and 9 students. The Drama Department develops an exciting, forward thinking curriculum which provides the pupils with an excellent palette of different styles of drama. All students at Key Stage 3 have an hour a week of both Drama and Music.
At Key stage 3 we study modules in devising drama, Ernies Incredible Illucinations, Craig and Bentley, Theatre History, Billy Elliott and Mask Work, to name a few. Students have the opportunity to develop their Making, Developing and Evaluating skills which they are assessed on each half term.
At Key Stage 4 and 5 the courses on offer are:
GCSE Drama – Edexcel
The aim of the course is to introduce you to the basics of theatre craft and performance. You will gain an understanding of what is dramatically effective and how to convey meaning on stage. From the start of the course you are challenged in all areas of performance and are expected to be able to discuss ideas and interpret what you see on stage. You will be taken to see professional pieces of theatre which will improve your understanding of the subject at work and provide you with ideas for your own drama. It is a very exciting course, full of opportunities to explore complex ideas and to learn how to communicate meaning through drama.
A Level Drama & Theatre – Edexcel
The A Level Drama and Theatre course develops your understanding of Drama from GCSE and puts practical work at the heart of each of the three components of study. It is an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. For those students who have enjoyed their GCSE Drama course, you will love this. You will explore different playwrights, practitioners and texts in much more detail and develop your ability to be an outstanding actor.