Drama at Key stage 3 introduces the boys to many performance and devising skills, as well as a wide variety of drama forms, styles and texts.
Lessons are specifically tailored to meet the educational, theatrical and social needs of specifically boys and all lessons contain a high proportion of practical activities, as well as evaluation of and discussion about the work.
Students are encouraged to work cooperatively in small groups to produce drama which uses drama forms and explores characters and their stories. They become familiar with the requirements of good theatre through the regular sharing of the work and assessment; peer, self and teacher.
At Key Stage 4, students study Edexcel GCSE Drama. This course allows students to perform both scripted work and devised work. It also incorporates the study and performance of the text ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B Priestly. The final aspect of the GCSE course requires the students to work cooperatively in small groups to produce a scripted piece for their final exam. The course comprises a practical\written ratio of 30%\70%.
Outside of lessons
The Drama department runs extra-curricular clubs each year (which are subject to change) and these may include: dance, drama and technical theatre. There are a number of performances staged each year: one in year 9, one in year 10, one in year 11 and one whole school production.
There are also many opportunities to attend workshops run by visiting professionals and trips to the theatre.
The Drama Spaces
The drama department has one large studio with flexible staging, a lighting grid, lighting desk, lanterns and shared access to a sound mixing desk and speakers. There is a smaller room in the block used for occasional lessons and as a regular rehearsal space.