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Drama

Drama is balance between personal discovery, building confidence, developing empathy, theoretical understanding and honing subject specific practical skills.   We strive to instil a lifelong appreciation of Drama and to understand its relevance within the Performing Arts world and beyond.

Drama education should engage and inspire students to develop a love of studying, analysing, evaluating and creating powerful, impactful drama, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students progress, they should develop a critical engagement with Drama, allowing them to devise, and to watch with discrimination to the best practitioners and performers. Students will experience a rich, broad and varied exposure to theatre. The purpose of our Drama education is to encourage our students to become creative and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who are inquisitive about the wider world in which they live.

Our curriculum aims for Drama are framed around the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow:

  • Students to become creative and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who are inquisitive.  It allows for a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities, where they show understanding, respect and tolerance of a range of cultures, opinions and beliefs.  Creating and performing drama helps our students to develop a strength of character and resilience.  Our curriculum ensures that all students are able to thrive and develop as healthy individuals and good citizens, upholding fundamental British values and can achieve success in the wider curriculum and in adult life, including the ability to communicate by listening and articulating their views.
 
  • Students to explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created and develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performance.  They work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas and develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students who are able to make informed choices in process and performance. They are trained to reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others. This all takes place in a safe and supportive environment where students are encouraged and supported to take artistic risks.

We will implement this in Drama with the aim of ensuring our students are motivated to be the best they can be through their participation in engaging and creative lessons that challenge them at an academic and practical level.