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Drama is a growing part of the school curriculum with lessons delivered to all Key Stage 3 students on a rota basis with dance. These lessons are designed to encourage and help build confidence, team work and performance skills – all transferable life skills.
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 school’s annual Global Storytelling event and 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’, ‘Scripted Acting’ and ‘Theatre in Education’ but also their theoretical understanding of performance. Students are encouraged to take part in the theatre visits and workshops with visiting practitioners organised by the department. Key Stage 4 students also take part in extra-curricular school performances and have the opportunity to take on leadership roles with the Arts Award scheme.
Theatre Studies can also be studied at both AS and A2 level and many of our students go on to study drama in further education or pursue further practical training. There are many opportunities for students at A-level to showcase their practical work and take on roles helping run lower school shows and clubs and aid in Key Stage 3 and 4 lessons.
The Department utilises a wide range of teaching and learning styles, which allow pupils to work effectively on their own, taking responsibility for their own learning and also to work effectively with others, in groups of varying sizes. 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 interest and appeal to different learning styles. Expectations of pupils are high, but achievable. 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.” – Chloe Guest and Shannon George, Year 10.
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