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Drama Department

Head of Drama: Ms S. Reinhold

 

Aims of the Drama Department

  • To develop imagination and equip students with the tools to express themselves creatively through Drama.
  • To develop self-confidence and raise self esteem through Drama.
  • To foster the love of Theatre Arts as an activity for life, both as audience and creator.
  • To enable students to understand the educational, historical, social and cultural purposes of Drama.

Facilities

The Drama Department has a fully equipped drama studio with sound and lighting system. Classes also take place in the Main Hall, which has rakes seating as well as a sound and lighting system. A purpose built theatre is scheduled for opening in January 2013. 

Key Stage 3 Introduction

Students learn a variety of dramatic skills throughout Key Stage 3. These skills get celebrated in the cross curricular project in Year 9, which results in a public performance.

Key Stage 4 Introduction

The Drama Department uses the Edexcel Examboard. At Key Stage 4 students get a chance to hone the drama skills learnt through Key Stage 3. They complete two practical drama explorations (including coursework) and perform in front of an examiner and a live audience.

Special Features

The department has close links with West End and local theatres and arts venues. Pupils have opportunities to work with artists in residence and perform at public venues. In 2011/2012 pupils took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival, performing Comedy of Errors at the Unicorn Theatre and Southbank Centre. Other pupils won a radio play competition and performed at Rich Mix. Throughout the academic year pupils have many opportunities to go on theatre trips; this year Year 7 saw a pantomime of Cinderella, and Years 8 and 9 saw Beasts and Beauties.