Drama and Performing Arts
Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8 students currently come to drama for 1 hour a week for half a term. These lessons are taken from their English allocation and are taught by a drama specialist.
These lessons are designed to give students a ‘taste’ of drama in order to prepare them for GCSE if they choose it as one of their options going into year 9.
Students will be introduced to range of drama skills including characterisation, use of voice and movement, role-play, marking the moment and simple devising processes.
Key Stage 4
KS4 Exam Board
In year 9 students can opt to study GCSE Drama. This course is a 3 year option and offers students the opportunity to challenge themselves by working in all three areas of performance, directing and design.
Students will study 2 complete play scripts as well as working on devised work, using their creativity and imagination to respond to a given stimulus.
The GCSE is assessed through practical and written coursework, an examined live performance and a written exam.
All students taking GCSE drama are encouraged to get involved with school productions and are expected to perform work on a regular basis within the classroom as well as to invited audiences.
Key Stage 5
KS5 Exam Board
In the 6th form we offer A Level Drama and Theatre. This course allows students to deepen their knowledge of theatre practices, as well as study and learn about a range of practitioners and their styles. All students taking Drama, must be passionate about performing and be completely dedicated to developing as a performer.
A Level Drama
A Level students will study 3 components over 2 years with assessment taking place at the end of Year 13 in the form of both practical and written examinations. The A Level qualification builds on skills learnt at GCSE with a focus on devising, realisation of performance text and analysis of "theatre" making practices. There is also a keen emphasis on watching live performances and this will be encouraged and supported throughout the course. Students will look at "theatre" from the points of view of performers, directors and designers.
Anyone who is interested in performing is invited to come and take part in any of our extra-curricular opportunities including Key Stage 3 drama club, National Connections and our yearly school production. All we ask is that you come with enthusiasm and commitment!
This year we have been extremely lucky to work with the wonderful Jaq and Iain from Stiltskin Children’s Theatre Company, who are based in Devonport. They have worked alongside our 6th form students to develop storytelling performances for Primary School audiences; they have also delivered some fantastic physical theatre workshops. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with them next year and hopefully extending their involvement to our younger students.
The Globe Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Company
Trestle Theatre Company