Mr S Beasley.
Members of the department
Miss J Baum
Mr D Kent
About Our Subject
Drama is a vital subject for students to develop fundamental aspects of their personality. Students will learn to develop their confidence, team working skills and emotional literacy. The subject is so much more than an acting course. The skills that students develop in this subject will be vital in any career or further study that requires dealing with the public, making presentations, problem solving and event management.
Students learn the skills required for performance and the discipline required to create a sustained role. We teach students about the need for empathy and how to learn to understand subtext in interpreting the motivation of their characters. All of this leads to students gaining a strong understanding of the way people think and how to see every side to complex issues
They also learn about the demands of putting on shows with the need to balance the budget and managing areas such as stage management, costume, and lighting. Students will have to work with a wide variety of different areas from Art and Design Technology to Business Studies.
At KS3 students will develop their skills in a wide variety of different areas. These include devising drama as well as working with scripts and also mask work. Students are given the basics of acting technique and will perform a more substantial piece at the end of each term which will form part of their assessment.
Students will also be assessed for their rehearsal technique and for the effort and focus that they display throughout the unit.
The main emphasis of this Key Stage is to instil a love of performance as well as to develop confidence, team working skills and resilience. Students will be expected to learn lines for each of their scripted elements and will have the opportunity to create and source their own costumes.
Assessment is carried out using interactive learning tools where students are able to review and comment on their own work through multi media tools.
At Key Stage 4, we are currently following the Edexcel BTEC Technical Award Level 1/2 in Performing Arts. The two year qualification, which is made up of components that are assessed through practical work and coursework only, is perfect for students who excel in performance. The structure of the course allows students to build knowledge, understanding and skills within the performing arts and use them in performances for targeted audiences. The course will allow students to gain in confidence and get a flavour for the work that takes place within the performing arts industry; a great stepping stone for those wishing to pursue performing arts beyond Key Stage 4.
At Key Stage 5, we are currently offering two qualifications, both of which are a Level 3 BTEC under the Edexcel exam board. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate (1 Year) and the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate (2 Years) both offer students to study a range of styles and practitioners in the first instance; gaining a broad knowledge of the logistics of the Performing Arts sector. Students will have the opportunity to work in depth on performances, both solo and group performances, in order to deepen their application of performance skills. This is all built on the foundations developed in Key Stage 4 but it is not essential to have studied Performing Arts prior to studying either of these courses at Level 3.