Drama is taught at the Academy by Mrs S Leighton (Head of Department). The vision of the department is to engage and stimulate our students as well as providing an understanding of how drama can be used to inspire, provoke and entertain. We aim to teach students to use their experience in drama lessons to increase their confidence and self-esteem, their ability to communicate clearly as well as learning explicit drama skills.
All Drama lessons are taught in a purpose built, fully equipped studio, which incorporates staging, blackout facilities and a full lighting and sound system. The studio opens onto the main Academy hall, where there is access to a full seating bank which can be used in both lesson time and for Academy productions.
We believe that it is important for students to have an authentic learning experience in Drama where they are able to use professional equipment and perform in a real theatre space.
Key Stage 3
Drama is taught to all Key Stage 3 students on a fortnightly basis. The Drama curriculum and assessment system is unique to our Academy, written by the Head of Department specifically to engage, challenge and inspire our capable students.
In Year 7 students are taught basic drama and group work skills. They also have the opportunity to create their own drama work, recreate a specific genre and interpret a short script.
In Year 8 students build, practice and demonstrate their drama skills and begin to look at aspects of the history of theatre and more advanced techniques of creating drama such as building tension, using status and focus within an acted scene.
In Year 9 students focus on the English Literature study plays; Blood Brothers and Macbeth. They also get the opportunity to try a technical theatre skill such as lighting and sound.
Key Stage 4
In Year 10 students can opt to take Edexcel BTEC Award in Performing Arts
This is a two year course with 2 internally assessed units of work and an external practical exam.
Students take part in practical workshops to build their acting skills, learn about new styles and influences and explore scripted texts. Students can also choose to pursue a production route such as Lighting, Sound, Make up and Costume or Scenery Design.
In Year 10 there is one assessment point during the main Academy production in April.
In Year 11 students are assessed on their performance or production role during the Academy Christmas pantomime and are entered for the external exam in May.
Students take the following units:
· Individual Showcase
· Preparation, Production and Performance
· Acting Skills or Production Skills for Performance