Drama is essentially a social and inclusive subject where people of all backgrounds and abilities are able to contribute and learn together in a spirit of mutual acceptance, tolerance and cooperation. There are opportunities for students to become involved in a range of extra-curricular activities, ranging from visits to the theatre, workshops with visiting artists or the creation of student-led devised performances on topics which concern them; cyber-bullying for example. There are opportunities for students who are interested in the technical aspects of theatre such as lighting design to develop their skills both in and out of the classroom. We have productive links with local Arts organisations which enrich the experience of students and the community by hosting professional performances in the College.
Key Stage 3 Drama
Pupils are given a broad introduction to the art in terms of form, content and performance.
The approach taken is either improvised, text based work or a combination.
Key Stage 3 is taught as a spiral curriculum. There is growing complexity of form and content as we progress through Year 7 to Year 9. Pupils are expected to be able to handle a greater sophistication of technique and increasingly challenging concepts.
We see drama as an essential tool for preparing pupils for the modern world. The subject covers Personal Development, such as analysis, question asking and acceptance of others, Social Development, such as team work and negotiation, communication and presentation skills as well as Creative Development, such as the fostering of original ideas. These are transferable skills which we believe help prepare the individual for the diverse and complex challenges they will face as they grow up.
Key Stage 4 Drama
At Key Stage 4, we build on the basic skills taught in Key Stage 3. For GCSE we follow the Edexcel specification which we believe builds on the skills and philosophy acquired through Key Stage 3, whilst developing the pupils’ interest in Theatre. Teachers and pupils are free to choose and explore content and texts which they find interesting, whilst following the rigorous assessment criteria of the specification.
This is a specialist two year course covering improvised, text based and performance work. Pupils are taught to use and generate a greater complexity of form and content through:
- lesson based workshop style approach combined with coursework, (60% of the total assessment).
This is examined internally and externally moderated
- performance theatre, (40% total assessment). This is examined by an external visiting examiner.