Drama is taught throughout all of Key Stage 3, with students participating in one lesson a week. Lessons are focused on exploring key issues and themes as well as developing performance skills for all students.
There is also opportunity for Key Stage 3 students to take part in extracurricular activities including drama clubs and performances which in recent years have included the Shakespeare Schools Festival with a final performance at Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre.
Drama can be chosen as an option at GCSE level where students follow the AQA syllabus. Through this course students not only develop their performance skills in units such as ‘Devising’ and ‘Scripted Acting’ but also their theoretical understanding of performance through the study of set texts and live theatre visits. Students are encouraged to take part in all theatre visits and workshops with visiting practitioners organised by the department. Key Stage 4 students also take part in extra-curricular school performances.
Theatre Studies can also be studied at both AS and A2 level and many of our students go on to study drama in higher education or pursue further practical training. There are many opportunities for students at A-level to showcase their practical work. They can also take on roles such as; helping to organise lower school shows, run clubs and support in main school lessons.
The Department utilises a wide range of teaching and learning styles, which allow pupils to work independently, taking responsibility for their own learning. They also develop skills in working effectively with others. The subject is taught using a rich variety of texts and other stimuli and pupils are given opportunities to discuss, use role play and research to stimulate the creative process. Expectations of the commitment and effort of pupils are high. This is a dynamic department, which values all pupils’ contributions and seeks to equip them for life beyond the classroom.
Drama has benefitted me in many ways; it’s given me the skills to communicate with my fellow classmates more effectively and helped build my confidence – skills which I think will help to put me in good stead later in life.
Taking A-Level Drama, was one of the best decisions I ever made. This year has been hard work but serious fun. Through studying “Oh What A Lovely War” I didn’t only learn how to approach plays as a director and develop my acting skill but also learnt more about the first world war.
Over the years Drama has steadily become a subject I both thrive under and enjoy exploring with an open and excited frame of mind, as our practical pieces from GCSE were some of the most fun I had over Key Stage 4. Yet the best part of taking A-Level Drama stems from the fact that we have choice and control over what we want our piece of practical to be, whether it’s about post-modernism or even physical theatre!