Drama

Welcome to the Drama Department. Within this subject we offer a wide variety of experiences and training, from all aspects of the theatre world. Many students study acting techniques. However, we are currently developing our stage crew, which enables students to gain valuable experience working with professionals such as Adlib Audio. All of the Drama staff can offer different training as they have different skills and specialise in a range of areas. Drama is taught across the whole age range.

Meet the Staff

  • Mrs E. Gash (Subject Leader)
  • Mrs H. Williams
  • Mrs P. Ward (Head of Socrates House)
  • Mrs L. Mitchell (Community Co-ordinator and Technician)

Our aims

  • To increase knowledge of directors, practitioners, theatre styles and genres.
  • To gain practical experience as well as theatrical knowledge.
  • To encourage appreciation of the theatre as an art form.
  • To develop a safe and stimulating teaching environment where students are challenged and set realistic goals.
  • To encourage students to have a positive attitude towards group work and develop social skills.
  • To gain knowledge and experience of group playmaking and presentation.
  • To encourage students confidence and ability to present themselves as they wish to be perceived.
  • To foster communication, co-operation and concentration through group work.
  • To encourage and nurture creativity.

Scheme of Work

All programmes of study are planned and differentiated in accordance with the group needs. Schemes of work always:

  • Recognise and build on past achievements
  • Present challenges which enable further achievement
  • Offer a range of student responses

During a project, students are assessed through the three key strands:

  • Making
  • Performing
  • Responding

Key Stage 3

To view our Key Stage 3 schemes of work please click here

GCSE

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus for GCSE Drama. The course is divided into three parts:

  • In part one of the course, students will use drama to express their feelings and ideas about a range of issues.
  • In part two, students will look at a play to see how a playwright expresses their ideas about a theme or topic and explore ways of making the play work on stage.
  • In part three of the course, students will have the choice of being involved in the performance of a play from an existing script or from a piece created by themselves.

A Level

Students follow the AQA AS and A2 Level Drama and Theatre Studies course.

Teachers will introduce students to a range of different activities to help gain knowledge and understanding of the different elements of the Drama and Theatre Studies course. Some activities will involve reading and interpreting plays, or finding out about playwrights and theatre practitioners. Others will be based on practical group explorations of the play in the drama studio. Some activities will involve visiting theatres, watching plays, working with established local theatre companies such as ‘Ullaloom’, ‘The Royal Court’ and ‘The Everyman and Playhouse Theatre’. The department will also bring into the school some specialist actors and directors who will talk to you about the work you are doing and will provide practical advice on how to improve your grade.

Homework

Homework is set once a week for Year 7 and 8 and once a fortnight for Year 9. This may increase in Year 10 and Year 11 as coursework tasks are set and are expected to be completed in student’s own time.

Homework at Key stage 3 is usually one of the following:

  • In-role writing tasks
  • Production design work
  • Written evaluations of practical work
  • Rehearsal of practical performances
  • Learning lines for script based work
  • Research tasks of a current topic

Extra Curricular Activities

  • Open the Gate Theatre Company Junior rehearsals
  • Open the Gate Theatre Company Senior rehearsals
  • GSCE practical rehearsals
  • AS practical rehearsals
  • A2 practical rehearsals
  • GCSE coursework club
  • A Level coursework club
  • Stage Crew training


Our Recent Successes

To be updated.