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The Drama Department is well resourced and offers a wide variety of opportunities for all students. There are two dedicated drama teaching spaces and in addition the main hall has a fully equipped stage area. One of our teaching areas has full blackout facilities, a portable sound & light rig and a Smart board. The other teaching area is a classic studio space with fully integrated sound and lights plus a wide range of props and staging essentials. The drama department also has a range of video and camera equipment. We also have a selection of musical instruments and amplification including an electric piano which allow us to work closely with the music department.
The Drama Department offer a range of extra curricular activities which include both KS3 and KS4 Drama Clubs which have recently been involved in both the Shakespeare for Schools Festival and the National Youth Theatre Connections Festival. In addition to this the Drama and Music departments work closely together to present the annual academy production and numerous performance events throughout the year.
Key Stage 3
In Year 7 Drama is delivered as an integral part of the English Curriculum. Students experience a range of Drama activities which are specifically targeted to compliment the National Curriculum. In Years 8 and 9 all students experience Drama as part of a subject carousel.
- Learn and Utilise Basic Drama Techniques
- Work Co-operatively with other students and in turn improve their own communication skills.
- Study Play Scripts and explore them through practical activities
- Be given the opportunity to develop and devise their own performance pieces.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students can opt for a single GCSE in Drama or a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts. The Drama GCSE is a traditional course which provides a thorough introduction to Drama through a mixture of written and practical experiences. The Drama GCSE culminates in a final externally examined performance.
The BTEC course is a practical, work related course which offers a wide range of learning experiences.
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of:
- Acting Techniques
- Scripted Performance
- Devised Performance
- Physical Theatre
This course is assessed through coursework tasks.
Throughout both of these courses all students will have a number of opportunities to present their work to a variety of audiences.
Key Stage 5
At KS5 the Drama Department offer the Edexcel Drama & Theatre Studies GCE A Level and the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts.
The Drama & Theatre Studies course is the more classically academic course and students learn through a combination of written and practical tasks. They undergo a final written examination and will also prepare and present a number of performance pieces to an external examiner.
The Performing Arts course is internally assessed and externally moderated. This course is delivered jointly by the Music and Drama Departments. The certification is achieved through the successful completion of coursework units. The coursework units are very work related and combine both written and practical tasks.
Both of these courses are sound preparation for those students wishing to study the performing arts at either university or other specialised training institutions. All students are given the opportunity to visit a range of performance venues and see a variety of professional performances.