KS3 (years 7 & 8)

During years 7 & 8 all students will study Drama.

We aim to teach students the skills and techniques necessary to create engaging and thought-provoking theatre and characters. Our objective is to educate them in how to develop their vocal and movement skills alongside developing effective rehearsal techniques.

Our overall wish is to develop students’ acting and directing skills whilst progressing their confidence, communication skills and ability to work both as a team member and as a leader. We do this through a range of schemes of work which encourage students to engage with the world around them: this means we cover topics that are historical, political and social. In addition to this, we examine different genres and styles of theatre to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding.

In Year 9 we progress to schemes which are directly linked to the GCSE course. They are designed to prepare students for the rigours of the GCSE, including introducing an extended devised project. In addition to this we aim to develop the more advanced skills of creating and working to a concept, time management, leading rehearsals and directing.

KS4 (years 10 & 11) optional GCSE subject

We follow the AQA Drama syllabus which examines the students’ rehearsal process, their performance skills and their analytical skills. It is divided into 3 parts:

Component 1: Understanding Drama (40%) – Written Exam

This includes practical work completed during the course, study and performance of a set text and study of a live theatre production.

Component 2: Devising Drama (40%) – Devised piece of theatre and Devising Log

This includes a practical devised piece of theatre (10%) with a devising log (30%) alongside.

Component 3: Text in Practice (20%) – Practical, externally moderated

This includes performing two extracts from a selected play, to be marked by an external moderator.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We stage a whole school production each year; since 2011 we have performed Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Night of the Musicals, The Government Inspector,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Peter Pan. We also produce junior productions and they have included The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. These opportunities allow students of all ages to combine skills of dance, music and drama creating a finished product of which they can be very proud.  This is offered as an enrichment and requires some after school rehearsal commitments.

Regular Trips and Visitors

All students are exposed to live theatre through regular trips to London and Canterbury / local theatres. GCSE Drama students make trips to see various forms of theatre. These are part of the course and help to expand the students’ understanding of the possibilities of live theatre. Recently we have been lucky enough to see Bouncers, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Shrek the Musical, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. On occasions, visiting practitioners are brought in to run workshops with the group.