The drama department is dedicated to promoting a learning environment through which the raising of pupil’s self esteem, attainment and personal expression is developed through its curriculum.
The ability to co-operate, tolerate, share, respect ourselves and others, aspire to high personal standards and to contribute with pride and a corporate community ethos within the school form and integral part of the arts philosophy. Through exploring different themes and topics, students then learn how to apply different drama techniques to them.
In year 7, pupils are introduced to ways of working together as a group through various activities using a variety of drama skills such as improvisation, characterisation, mime, movement, body language and narration to name but a few.
In year 8, pupils develop their drama skills further whilst being introduced to new topics and themes. They will be exploring physical movement skills, developing a character's motivation and viewpoints on different topics and issues such as electioneering, crime topics and human rights to name but a few.
Both years 7 and 8 have a lunch time drama club which operates once a week.
In year 9, pupils are now increasing their drama and personal skills and responses to a deeper level of understanding for a character. They are introduced to different genres, more spontaneous improvisation activities to generate further creativity and learn how to interpret a play script as a director and performer.
In Key Stage 4 pupils can choose to undertake Drama as a GCSE subject.
GCSE Drama follows the EDEXCEL exam board, which is part coursework, part practical performance. Pupils take part in a play that you have created as a group or rehearsed from a script this can either be based on performance or design and technical skills.
In Year 10, pupils develop further their practical drama skills and using devising techniques and improvisation work on a particular theme. All year 10 drama pupils will take part in either a scripted or devised performance to an invited audience in term 4 which serves as an introduction to their final examination performance which takes place in year 11. This prepares them for the assessment criteria involved and highlights the need for team work, organisational and performance skills.
In year 11 pupils study the play text of Blood Brothers by Willy Russell and go to London to see the stage production of it as part of their coursework
An annual school production happens either in Term 2 or 4. Previous school productions have been – Cinderella, Demon Headmaster, Aladdin, Wizard of Oz, A night of Drama involving Year 10 students directing plays.
In previous years pupils in Year 9 have also taken part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival and BBC 1 Night of Shakespeare where they have performed The Tempest and Macbeth.