Drama is a thriving subject area within school; all pupils study drama in Years 7, 8 & 9 and there is one GCSE option group in both Years 10 & 11. Additionally there are numerous opportunities for pupils to get involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 the focus is on acquiring the skills necessary to create good quality work. Students learn fundamental skills whilst at the same time engaging with a range of subject matter including Shakespeare plays, improvisation, script work, joyriding and various theatrical forms. The emphasis is on ‘serious fun’ – practical engaging learning in a safe and stimulating environment. Students typically have one lesson of Drama per week at KS3.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 the emphasis is on the further development of existing skills and the acquisition of many new ones. Students are required to learn very quickly in Year 10 in order that they are ready for the demands of the two coursework projects and the final exam which takes the form of a highly polished public performance. The structure of the course being taught from 2015 remains very similar to the previous course with some adjustments in the weighting of assessment of some elements. Students perform original work, scripted work and sit a written exam. Here is a link to the WJEC GCSE Drama specification:
Extra-curricular drama is thriving. Drama clubs are run throughout the year. Additionally a range of productions such as Godspell, 13 and Shakespeare Evenings have seen members from all year groups performing publically. Our students have regularly performed outside school as part of the "Northern Beat" competition run by the Lancashire Constabulary, and more recently as part of the RSC network of schools. Regular visits to a range of theatres in the region introduce the students to the joys of live theatre at a professional level.
|Mr A Swindley||Drama Teacher|