The Drama department is going from strength to strength with a fresh, dedicated and focused new team. Our aim is to enthuse students and enable them to participate in and fully understand all types of drama. Confidence building, communication skills, and teamwork are the foundation of drama education and provides transferrable skills that can be drawn upon throughout life. The Drama department consists of two specialist teachers who cover all year groups from Year 7 through to Year 13.
Head of Department: Miss Baynham-Williams
Drama Teacher: Mr M Aitchinson
The Drama department has a dedicated Drama Studio for lessons and a fully equipped theatre with lighting and sound facilities. The Academy also has a purpose-built Greek amphitheatre which the school will be utilising for Academy productions.
Performance is an integral part of all our lives and comprises television, theatre, computer games, radio, street entertainers and much more. Students are encouraged to recognise the variety of performances available and how it can influence us culturally and emotionally, both locally and in the wider community.
Learning through Drama will develop transferable skills such as:
- Team work
Enabling students to fully participate within the school environment and beyond into their working lives.
Key Stage 3
Pupils are taught the basic techniques for devising a performance and are introduced to the building blocks that enable them to create successful Drama. In Year 7 the focus is on getting pupils to accept one another and work together as a production group using various themes for exploration such as ‘Melodrama’ and ‘Silent Movies’.
Year 8 builds on pupil’s skills and introduces further techniques that are the foundation of the GCSE in preparation for Year 9 where pupils will start their GCSE foundation year. Exploration of themes such as ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ allow pupils to use imagination in performance. They are also introduced to script work and how to realise a script in performance.
As an option in Year 9, students embed the specific terminology needed for a successful GCSE and complete their knowledge of how to devise and approach script work successfully at a higher level.
At Key Stage 4 pupils complete the Edexcel Drama GCSE. This exciting course is designed to suit pupils who have an interest in performance as well as those who wish to study lighting, sound and costume. Students are taught to analyse Drama and evaluate their own and others’ work. They will develop the abilities to work with any other student and to reflect upon their own progression and improvement.
Year 10 - Pupils complete 3 units of work that teach them how to approach the requirements of the Drama exam.
Unit 1: Pupils are taught how to explore a theme using a stimulus and the strategies, elements and mediums of Drama they have learned completing workshops and a written response to their work.
Unit 2: Pupils will explore a text including the staging, storyline characterisation and relationships involved in the text. They will then complete workshops to demonstrate their understanding and complete a written response to their work.
Students are also required to visit a live theatre performance and complete a review.
Unit 3: Pupils are required to prepare a full performance and perform in front of an audience. This enables those who wish to study back-stage techniques to become the crew for a production team. There is no written element for this unit if you are a performer.
Year 11 - Pupils focus on the preparation for the workshops. The theme in the final year for unit 3 is provided by the exam. Pupils are required to prepare a devised performance, a scripted performance or a devised piece using the script as a basis for their performance. This is performed in front of an audience and an examiner from Edexcel.
A Level - Drama and Theatre Studies
The AS specification in Drama and Theatre Studies is designed to develop and apply an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre, with focus on theatre practices used in 21st-century theatre making. Students will experience the following:
- A range of opportunities to create theatre, both published text-based and devised work
- Participate as a theatre maker and as an audience member in live theatre
- Develop and demonstrate a range of theatre-making skills
- Develop the creativity and independence to become effective theatre makers
- Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others.
A full enrichment programme is now being developed which is designed to give those pupils with an interest in Drama extended opportunities to perform and see live theatre, especially those studying Drama at GCSE; this year already comprises:
- Drama Club
- Shakespeare Schools Festival (November 2017 full Academy production)
- Trip to see ‘Kite Runner’ Year 10, 12 & 13
- ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Full school production)