|Mrs S Garbett|
Head of Department
|Miss R Long
Teacher of Drama/Head of Year 10
|Miss J Cella|
Teacher of Drama/Assistant Head of Year 9
From the start of Year 7, Drama lessons examine key life skills such as negotiation, leadership, group work and empathy. We aim to provide all students in the school with the skills to speak confidently, think quickly and assess a situation from another’s point of view. The ethos of our Drama lessons directly link into the over-arching themes of the school ethos – we promote inclusion and directly challenge the students to examine attitudes, thoughts and feelings of others in a safe, thought-provoking environment. It is the Department’s aim that students understand the importance of transferable skills learnt in Drama, which can be applied across other subjects and in the world of work as they present, work as part of a team and use their creativity. We see extracurricular Drama as an integral part of what we offer as a department and aim to give every student an opportunity to get involved either as performers or as part of the design/back stage team.
Key Stage 3 Drama
Students study Drama for 2 hours per fortnight during Key Stage 3.
In Year 7, Students enter a foundation course in Dramatic Techniques from simple Freeze frames to thought tracking and more enhanced characterisation skills. For the majority of students entering into Year 7 this will be new information and these core skills are then applied to a variety of contexts and concepts, such as Commedia Dell’Arte and the life of Anne Frank.
Year 8 takes the consolidated skills from Year 7 and extends them, giving a depth in performance. Students focus on deepening characterisation, including background and motivation. Specific work is undertaken to examine students’ negotiation skills, non-verbal communication and reading of body language; key life skills. Schemes of work range from stimulus work using the poem ‘The Lady of Shallot’, to script work using Oliver Twist as part of a duologue.
Year 9 introduces the students to Dramatic practitioners, such as Artaud and Frantic Assembly to enable them to make an informed decision for their GCSE options. Students study the forms of Naturalistic and Stylised devised work. The work in Year 9 is closely resembles the structure of Year 10 schemes of work, to enable students to see if they can take the rigour of the GCSE course.
Extra-curricular opportunities include:
Drama Club for Year 7 and Year 8 students and the opportunity to join the school musical either acting, singing, dancing or backstage. Previous productions include Anne, Joseph, Calamity Jane and The Sound of Music.
Key Stage 4 Drama
GCSE Drama is for students who love to create, examine and deconstruct performances and play scripts. The course builds on everything learned during Key Stage 3 about performance, dramatic techniques and analysis of text.
The course involves devised and scripted performances. For devising, they will use a stimulus to springboard ideas and track their progress and eventual outcomes in a written portfolio completed as controlled assessment. This is completed at the end of Year 10 and constitutes 40% of their GCSE qualification.
Year 11 offers the chance to display their scripted skills as performers or designers where they can work on monologues, duologues or group pieces to perform to an external examiner.
Throughout the course they will practically explore the play text ‘The Government Inspector’ by Gogol to equip them with the ideas to write about in the final written exam. Here they will learn how all the production elements work together to communicate meaning for an audience.
They will visit the theatre to see how professional companies bring a text to life and write an evaluation of their experience as part of the written exam at the end of Year 11. Productions seen recently include ‘The Woman in Black’, ‘Blood Brothers’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’.
Extra-curricular opportunities include:
Trips to the theatre.
Visiting practitioners and workshops within school.
The opportunity to take part in the Senior School play. Recent productions include The Government Inspector and A Christmas Carol.
Students who enjoy drama can continue their studies in our College with Drama and Theatre A Level. You can find out more on our College pages.