Drama is currently taught in Year 7 as part of the English curriculum and in Years 8 and 9 as part of the communications course. Students can opt for GCSE Drama in Years 10 and 11 and can go on to study Drama & Theatre Studies at AS and A level.
In KS3 students create drama from a range of starting points; poems, pictures, news articles. They work in groups to explore a range of themes and issues in role. Students devise their own dramatic performances and prepare performances of selected extracts from a range of published plays. Students develop the skills required to evaluate their own drama work and the work of others.
In KS4 students study and prepare performances of a range of published plays, they further develop their devising skill, and develop their writing skills as reviewers of live theatre.
In KS5 students study a range of plays in greater depth and with greater emphasis of the cultural, social and historical contexts. The work of significant twentieth century theatre practitioners is studied and applied to the students’ own creative work. Students take part in three performance projects and finish with a response to live theatre and the study of a historically significant play from the point of view of a director.