Drama is a popular subject which helps students grow in confidence, be creative thinkers, develop their communication skills and improve their theatrical skill. This subject is studied from year 7 once a week with the option of taking it as a GCSE in year 10 and A-Level in year 12. The curriculum mixes the exploration of key issues whilst experimenting with a range of performance styles and genres. The ability to work as part of a group, in pairs and independently is vital in Drama as is a willingness to take risks and encourage others to do so. The course helps you develop sophisticated skills in analysing body language, voice, movement and language when evaluating your own and the work of others. The curriculum covers current affairs and issue based theatre which is relevant to young people.
At KS3 students explore a range of theatre styles and genres, developing their knowledge of the history of theatre and the impact that has on modern day theatre. They will study a range of scripts and also create their own performances from a range of stimuli. This will support students into GCSE and A-Level and will provide them with the tools needed to succeed in the exams. At GCSE and A-Level students will create their own pieces based on a stimulus. They will also take part in a scripted exam, bringing to life various extracts from a play, exploring character and technical skill. Students will also complete a written exam, this enables students to be critical and creative thinkers, working from the perspective of a director, designer, actor and audience member.