The Drama Department is part of the Performing Arts Faculty together with the Departments of Music and Dance. The aims of the Performing Arts Faculty are to foster close collaboration between these three subjects and to maximise the opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and excel across the full spectrum of the performing arts.
Drama is an expanding subject at KS4 with 200+ students currently studying GCSE Drama in year 10 and 11. The pupils follow the Edexcel specification. An annual trip to see the award winning Blood Brothers is organised for year 11 GCSE students.
Post 16 Drama and theatre Studies is a thriving subject, with currently 50 students studying the Edexcel course.
A Drama club is held weekly and is open to pupils of all ages. The Department works with a number of theatre companies and regular visits are organised for pupils to be given the opportunity to visit local theatres
To give young people an understanding of the world as it is.
To give young people the ability to understand their own experiences and those of others, through the exploration of these experiences.
To work towards structuring these experiences and explorations using art form, to consciously work towards the practice of theatre.
To give young people the power to influence and change their environment.
To use Drama as a tool in the learning process.
To encourage an environment in which every person is valued and every contribution is valuable.
To have fun through a creative medium.
To promote an emotional and intellectual engagement with the material.
To explore the different levels of meaning in the material being studied through active participation.
To promote reflection in a meaningful way.
To develop personal and social skills such as group negotiation and problem solving.
To aid language development and encourage the development of using appropriate language.
To challenge the use of language in order to find a form appropriate to the content e.g the use of journalistic language when in role as a reporter.
To relate drama to other subjects and life, through active experiences.
To stimulate and develop the imagination.
To be able to initiate, develop and follow through an idea.
To give all young people confidence in their abilities and a sense of success.
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