'I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a
human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.' - Oscar Wilde
Throughout key stage 3 pupils develop their performance and writing skills in Drama. In year 7 they start with the basics such as mime working their way through to devising their own plays and looking at the work of different practitioners in year 9.
At GCSE pupils build on the foundations laid in KS3 and are given the chance to enjoy theatre as performers, directors and designers. Through studying theatre pupils will be given the opportunity to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. They investigate the forms, styles and contexts of drama and learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas. Through their work they will learn how to express feeling through performance and experiment with technical elements whilst reflecting on their own and others' performances.
By studying GCSE Drama, pupils will learn more about the subject and its contribution to social and cultural commentary and will come to appreciate that drama, whether intended for audiences or not, provides significant opportunities for expressing cultural and personal identity.
At AS and A Level pupils are provides a balance between the practical and the theoretical aspects of Drama and Theatre Studies. Pupils read, analyse and act from recognised texts. They will also have the opportunity to develop their own work through improvisation and other theatrical techniques. Pupils study five texts over the two years which range from Contemporary Theatre through to the works of Ancient Greece. This gives pupils the opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of theatrical styles.
Drama is a subject that by its nature requires pupils to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, cultural and contemporary issues.