Members of the Department
Ms Braniff (Head of Department)
Drama aims to encourage students to:
- develop a personal interest in drama and be motivated and inspired by studying a broad, coherent and rewarding course of study
- actively engage in the process of dramatic study so they develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
- work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
- reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
- develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
- develop as active citizens for their future, in employment and society, as well as for the possible further study of drama
- consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities
Our facilities include a new state of the art Drama Studio which is fully equipped with lighting, video and sound equipment and a Drama Classroom which is also equipped with lighting, video and sound equipment. We have a green room, a costume store, a Drama office and a beautiful new 350 seater main auditorium, fully equipped with computerised lighting and sound equipment.
Key Stage 3
All pupils study Drama in Years 8, 9 and 10. During this time pupils are taught basic skills and drama strategies which are required for further development at GCSE. In the first three years of Drama all pupils take part in the Choral Speaking Competition, the Public Speaking Competition and the Shakespeare Festival.
Currently, there are over 100 pupils studying GCSE Drama and over 60 studying A Level Drama & Theatre Studies.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Each student must complete the compulsory element of a performance and choose one other task from the range of five on offer: Devised Performance, Prepared Improvisation, Dance Drama, Mime and Design Support. (60%)
There is also a written examination with three questions based on a set text. (40%) (CCEA Specification)
Key Stage 5 (GCE)
AS New Specification from September 2016
This WJEC Eduqas specification is designed to promote an excellent balance between practical theatre making and the theoretical understanding of drama and theatre. This stimulating and engaging course of study encourages learners to make connections between dramatic theory and their own practice.
Students study three performance texts (one complete text and two key extracts from two different texts studied in the context of the whole text) representing a range of social, historical and cultural contexts. The complete text is studied for the written examination and the key extracts are studied for performance. Learners also study either one influential theatre practitioner or one recognised theatre company and produce two performances; one text performance, and one performance based on a creative reinterpretation of an extract from a text. This content is divided as follows between the two components.