Drama

The Drama Department has a firm philosophy founded on preparing the minds of young people to cope with the outside world as well as educating students about theatre and its history.

The Department holds firm the following three principles throughout all lessons:

1) Respect

2) Listen

3) Focus

Students use the above principles to explore given cultural and social issues in Drama.

They also learn about theatre with schemes based around plays, playwrights, directors and theatrical techniques. The department believes strongly that the vast amount of theatrical literature to be found in the world should not be ignored.

In Year 7 and 8, students learn to express themselves in a safe environment. The main focus of teaching and learning is to encourage the free use of creativity and imagination, through exploration of story and character. Students will work on issue, texts and skills, developing and refining their experience. They will be introduced to historical, social and cultural aspects of theatre.

The Edexcel GCSE Drama syllabus can be explored in Year 9, 10 and 11. This was chosen because of its close relation to the aims of the Department. Students continue to explore text, issues and skills. Each half term has a particular theme that the class can relate to and explore. Students are assessed on the ideas that they contribute to discussion and the process of creating drama. They also have to produce written coursework and are assessed by a visiting examiner in a Performance Exam. In addition students sit a written exam which assesses their analysis of performances, key texts and practitioners.

You may also choose to take the vocational option of BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts. This course has strong links to the Performing Arts industry and prepares students who are wanting to work in this field. Students are expected to approach all practical workshops with self-discipline and complete a written log of their learning and progress. Students will perform an audition piece in front of a visiting examiner at the end of the course.

Year 12 and 13 progress to Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre Studies. The students are asked to explore a variety of texts that will challenge their understanding of life in the outside world. Students are expected to approach the course with a high level of maturity and are encouraged to embrace the holistic study of the theatre. Students are assessed on the ideas that they contribute to discussion and the process of creating drama. They also have to produce written coursework and are assessed by a visiting examiner in a Performance Exam in Unit 2. In Y13, students are asked to create a devised performance and sit a written exam. A Level students are expected to attend Live Theatre and are given many an opportunity to do so through subsidised theatre trips.

Students also have the opportunity to explore drama alongside music and dance by taking Level 3 Performing Arts in Year 12 and 13. During the course students will be expected to devise original material using all three art forms. They will study key practitioners in all disciplines and produce a portfolio of their learning throughout the course. They will also be assessed by a visiting examiner who will mark them on their practical ability. All practical elements are assessed on students' ability to create and perform each discipline with accuracy, flair and creativity.

Miss Newton

Head of Faculty – Expressive Arts

 

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