Mr Dave Rodgers – Subject Leader
Mrs Laura Perry – Teacher
The drama department is part of the school’s Creative Arts Faculty. Students are taught in mixed ability groups that reflect the reality of life beyond the school classroom. Drama is taught in our fully equipped drama studio and our students enjoy making extensive use of our fantastic lighting equipment.
Key Stage 3:
All students study drama at Key Stage 3 and are given the opportunity to develop an understanding of the skills necessary for practical drama as well as developing skills that have a much wider personal, social and professional application. These include team working, social integration, evaluation, analysis, and communication and presentational skills. Students are introduced to a variety of performance skills in Year 7 and their range of theatrical techniques is developed throughout KS3. Thought-provoking and topical issues are often explored through a combination of both theme and text based activities. For example, Anti-Bullying.
Key Stage 4:
Drama at Key Stage 4 is an incredibly rewarding option. It is both a practical and extremely creative course and it is all about understanding what it is like to be in another person’s shoes. Students have the opportunity to devise their own practical work as well as interpreting plays written by other people.
Unit 1: Drama Exploration:
This unit requires the students to explore a theme by engaging in a range of drama activities. Students experiment with a range of stimuli from across different times and cultures and are assessed via a range practical workshops and a documentary response.
Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts:
Students interpret a play in various ways and understand how a play works in performance. They review live theatre and are assessed via a range of practical workshops and a documentary response.
Unit 3: Drama Performance:
The unit brings the knowledge and skills that the students have developed throughout the course. Students either act in or design for a devised or scripted performance. They work collaboratively in groups to prepare for a final practical exam.
Our school productions produce the highlight of our year. Our productions provide our students with a wide range of opportunities including playing a main role, acting in the chorus, dancing, singing being part of the orchestra, designing and making set and costumes, working backstage and working with a range of local Primary schools.
Past productions include:
2013- We Will Rock You
2014- Oliver Twisted
2015- Bugsy Malone