Profile of the Department
In Key stage 3 all students study drama and are individually guided in their progress. This allows them to grow and develop confidence and maturity.
GCSE and A-Level drama are offered for students who wish to continue studying and developing life skills for the future. At key stage 5 we also offer a BTEC Production Arts pathway for students who wish to pursue careers in lighting/sound and as theatre technicians.
In years 7, 8 and 9 students have one lesson of drama a week. The curriculum is built around equipping the students with the necessary skills to be able to progress on to the GCSE course but it is also very much our ethos that the skills students learn in drama are transferable not only across the rest of the curriculum but very much in life itself.
In year 7 the curriculum looks at supporting the students in their transition into secondary school through our flying start program that looks at developing current drama skills and exploring new skills through schemes of learning on a variety of topics including Physical Theatre, Roald Dahl, Storytelling and Shakespeare.
Students will be taught different skills each term and throughout key stage 3, students will have the opportunity to explore different themes, genres and script work.
Drama Club for KS3 ‘Stage Struck’ runs on a Tuesday after school. The new Year show will be an adaption of Roald Dahl’s “Witches” by David Wood.
Students follow the WJEC GCSE syllabus. This is broken down into three units of study.
Our Drama GCSE results for summer 2016 were 87% A*-C
- Unit 1-Devised Practical Performance (60%)
- Task 1 (40%): Candidates will devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre.
- Task 2 (20%): Candidates will complete a written report of the practical work they completed in Task 1, under formal supervision.
- Unit 2 -Performance from a Text (20%) Candidates will be assessed on either their acting or a theatre design skill, in a scene from a published play.
- Unit 3 -Written Examination (20%) Candidates will sit a 1½ hour written examination. They will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director.
Throughout the course there is the opportunity to go on numerous theatre visits and take part in workshops. Through this course you will have an understanding and appreciation of drama as an art form that will remain with you for the rest of your life. For further details of the 3 units covered please click here.
Key stage 4 – GCSE devised rehearsal clubs run Tuesday – Friday after school.
Course 1: Drama and Theatre A- Level
Examination Board: Edexcel
Over 70% of A- Level students achieved A*-C in public examinations, summer 2016
For this exam course you will need: Passion, energy, determination, discipline and creativity.
The course is rooted to the practical application of dramatic theories in relation to acting, designing, devising and directing.
From Stanislavksi to Brecht, Berkoff to Brook, Verbatim to Artaud: you will exploit the ideas and concepts of key players in theatrical history to make and develop your skills, knowledge and understanding of Drama and Theatre A Level.
Component 1- Devising (40%): Students work as actors or designers to devise and perform an original performance piece inspired by their chosen theatre practitioner and performed in the style of the practitioner chosen. Students will also complete a written portfolio for this unit. This performance is internally assessed and externally moderated.
Component 2- Theatre Text in Performance (20%): Students will work as either actors or designers to perform an extract from a published play and realise it in performance. Students will also perform either a duologue or a monologue taken from a different performance text, to an audience. These performances are externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Component 3- Theatre Makers in Practice (40%): This is a 2.5 hour written examination taken by the students under controlled conditions. This exam consists of three sections; live theatre evaluation, realising a performance text and interpreting a performance text. Students will make comments as both actors and directors in order to complete this unit successfully.
The life skills you will develop through this course are as invaluable as the subject knowledge. You will develop confidence in your ability to perform publicly, and in your understanding of all aspects of theatre from script and performance analysis to supporting theory and practitioners. You will complete coursework and be encouraged to develop your own ideas independently, and you will develop a good knowledge of London theatres and the skills to visit them independently. Much of your time will be spent working in groups where you all have the same goals but different creative ideas about how to achieve them, developing leadership and compromising skills which are fundamental to your success.
Many students study Drama alongside either Dance or Music whilst others find English and Drama a useful combination because of the text links. The Russel Group of universities now recognises the value of Drama and Theatre as a valued academic subject that benefits the people that study it.
Course 2: BTEC Production Arts
Exam Board: Edexcel
From September 2017 we will be offering the BTEC Production Arts pathway as an opportunity for students that prefer to study the technical side of drama as opposed to the acting aspect, to gain a nationally recognised qualification. Units offered include costume design, make-up application skills, stage design, assistant stage management, technical stage operations, and arts administration.