|The Drama Department|
The Drama Department aims to provide pupils an alternative learning experience in the curriculum through drama teaching tools and encourage and foster an appreciation and respect for theatre and its craft, since its inclusion in the timetable in 2003.
The departmental head who is responsible for all aspects of the curriculum and running of the subject from key stages 3 to 4, including after school activities such as theatre trips and particularly producing and directing the whole school production.
To ensure equality of experience, breadth and balance and to achieve a consistent approach across the department, all of our students follow Schemes of work in all Key Stages; these focus on skills acquisition of the actor, director and designer in broad terms and prepare students for GCSE, A’ Level study and beyond.
At Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE Drama (OCR exam board).
We also improve the quality of our students’ learning experience through enhancing the curriculum through educational visits to a variety of theatres in the area, visits from dance and theatre groups as well as offering extra curricular activities and clubs-these have been organised by the Head of department with the support of staff outside the department. We have also had regular workshops and training for our students to perform in the Shakespeare Schools Festival alongside other schools. There has been a whole school production every other year alongside smaller projects that have been organised with the neighbouring youth centre- a relationship that was initiated and run through the Drama in Community project by the Head of Department.