The Drama Department is well resourced and offers a wide variety of opportunities for all students. There are two dedicated drama teaching spaces and in addition the main hall has a fully equipped stage area. One of our teaching areas has full blackout facilities, a portable sound & light rig and a Smart board. The other teaching area is a classic studio space with fully integrated sound and lights plus a wide range of props and staging essentials. The drama department also has a range of video and camera equipment. We also have a selection of musical instruments and amplification including an electric piano which allow us to work closely with the music department.
The Drama Department offer a range of extra-curricular activities which include both KS3 and KS4 Drama Clubs which have recently been involved in both the Shakespeare for Schools Festival and the National Youth Theatre Connections Festival. In addition to this the Drama and Music departments work closely together to present the annual academy production and numerous performance events throughout the year.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, Drama is delivered as an integral part of the English Curriculum. They will:
- Learn and Utilise Basic Drama Techniques
- Work Co-operatively with other students and in turn improve their own communication skills.
- Study Play Scripts and explore them through practical activities
- Be given the opportunity to develop and devise their own performance pieces.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students can opt for a BTEC Level 2 Technical Award in Performing Arts. The BTEC course is a practical, work related course which offers a wide range of learning experiences. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of;
- Acting Techniques
- Scripted Performance
- Devised Performance
- Physical Theatre
This course is assessed through coursework tasks and a final performance piece. Throughout this course, all students will have a number of opportunities to present their work to a variety of audiences.
Key Stage 5
At KS5 the Drama Department offer the BTEC Level 3 Single and Double Award in Performing Arts.
The Performing Arts courses are internally assessed and externally moderated. These courses iare delivered jointly by the Music and Drama Departments. The certification is achieved through the successful completion of coursework units. The coursework units are very work related and combine both written and practical tasks.
Both of these courses are sound preparation for those students wishing to study the performing arts at either university or other specialised training institutions. All students are given the opportunity to visit a range of performance venues and see a variety of professional performances.