Confidence, self-expression, creativity and collaboration are just some of the many skills and benefits of studying Drama. At KS3, the curriculum aims to introduce students to the building blocks of creating meaning and character in performance with an important emphasis on building confidence and clarity of communication. Students study a range of units which include devising (where students create their own material for performance) the study of key theatrical practitioners and working with both classic and modern texts. The evaluation and analysis of live theatre is also an important part of the subject, enabling students to understand how professional actors and theatre makers create effective theatre that impacts upon an audience.
At KS4, students study the AQA syllabus for GCSE Drama allowing them to apply what they have learned in KS3 about performance as well as the technical aspects of theatre to the study of key texts such as Willy Russell’s blood brothers. Students also create a devised performance based on given stimuli and perform challenging roles as part of a ‘Texts in Practice’ unit.
Although the study of Drama involves enormous commitment, it is ultimately hugely rewarding to perform self-written work and to watch hours of rehearsal come alive for an audience. The range of skills needed to be successful in the subject including presentation skills, analytical skills, self-discipline and research skills means Drama is a good basis for a range of further education courses and career paths in and out of the cultural sector.
Outside the Classroom – Extra Curricular
Drama club will run on a Thursday after school until 4:15pm. Friday afterschool (Week 1) is revision for Year 11 students. We aim to offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities to enhance students’ understanding of the rich theatrical tradition in the UK and also for students to perform, be that for the very first time or to build on their performance skills as they progress through the school. For example, last year, in collaboration with the music department, TQEA put on a production of Legally Blonde Jr (Music Theatre International). This year, we hope to see some work in progress presentations with KS3 students treading the boards to support KS4 students as they present their own original works.
All KS3 students must see a live performance as part of their course. This year we aim to run a theatre trip for KS3 students and an additional trip for KS4 students.
Key Stage 3 Assessment
Members of the department
Miss V Kiteley – Head of Department
Mrs L Deeley