Key Stage 3
Drama in Years 7 and 8 is taught once a fortnight. Pupils are taught how to respond to stimuli, develop drama skills and self and peer evaluate. The classroom is split in to a traditional classroom and a large studio area for practical exploration and performance. The space is well established as a safe and supportive learning environment in which pupils are encourage to build on their confidence, self-control, concentration and co-operative skills. There is a key stage 3 Drama club once a week which enables pupils in Year 7 and 8 to further develop their interest in Drama. Pupils are encouraged to seek professional theatre opportunities and to experience as much live theatre as they can. There is a long tradition of school productions which pupils are encouraged to be a part of.
Key Stage 4
Through the AQA specification students develop an understanding of theatre terminology, set texts, devising drama and texts in practice. There is a 70% written exam and coursework element to this new course and 30% performance. The course is assessed both internally and externally. Pupils research and practically explore a range of influential practitioners from Stanislavski’s method of acting to post-modern physical theatre companies such as Frantic Assembly. Set texts are understood through practical activities including the use of monologue, duologue, still image, thought tracking, hot-seating, non-naturalistic devising techniques, verbatim, mime, and narration. The theoretical component of the course explores how plays are constructed and realised from page to stage and how the social, cultural and historical context is communicated. Live theatre is review plays a vital part in this course and pupils are expected to see as much live theatre performances as possible. Pupils are expected to be committed to group rehearsal both in the classroom and at one to one rehearsals with their teacher/director.
Key Stage 5
The study at of A Level Drama and Theatre starts with how Drama is produced, what plays mean and how theatre conveys meaning to an audience. You will study a range of influential theatre practitioners from classical to modern day. The work of these practitioners will be applied to the study of two set texts from a range of genre and eras. The social, historical and cultural context of plays will be explored. The production elements of theatre are equally important and will be investigated. The appreciation of live theatre runs alongside all elements of this course, enabling students to experience a range of styles. The course is assessed through a range of both written exams, performance and portfolio work.
The BTEC course investigates the lifestyle of a jobbing actor and what it takes to become professional. Acting skills are developed and understood through specific briefs or ‘projects’ which lead to public ‘assessed’ performances. The drama process is monitored and students log all rehearsal and workshop notes. This course is demanding on both practical and written skills and requires a high level of organisation and commitment. The course is assessed both internally and externally. There is one written exam which assesses the research and understanding of a range of influential theatre practitioners.