We provide a positive climate for learning, in which pupils feel secure, learn how to function in a range of small groups, build confidence and celebrate achievement. Many of our students arrive having had little or no previous experience of educational drama, therefore our delivery of the curriculum takes this into account scaffolding the knowledge base and incrementally raising the level of challenge over time to create confident learners.
Every student is given the opportunity to:
- Develop subject specific vocabulary
- Extend social and communication skills necessary for adult life
- Build confidence.
- Work in a variety of small groups to develop teamwork.
- Devise their own performances.
- Study different genres.
- Explore conventions of theatre from other cultures and time periods.
Public performances take place throughout the school year. At Christmas, exam students perform extracts of their performance work in our Candlelight Soiree and practical performance exams take place in Spring and Summer terms. Our main production takes place in February and is open to the whole school.
The School is well equipped with a state of the art drama studio. Specialist lighting and equipment are available in the teaching area and extend students’ experience of drama as an art form.
Key Stage 4
Component 1: Understanding Drama - 40% of the qualification (80marks)
Component 2: Devising Drama - (40% of the qualification – 80 marks)
Component 3: Texts in Practice (20% of the qualification – 20 marks)
Students will perform two key extracts from a performance text. This component is externally assessed by a visiting examiner.