Throughout the School’s history, theatre and performance have always played key roles in our educational culture and community. The Drama Department takes its strength from the enduring enthusiasm and commitment to the subject from both staff and pupils.
We offer Drama to every pupil in the School because we see it as a dynamic and creative subject that instills unique skills in our pupils. Within the drama classroom all pupils come to develop skills such as cooperation, confidence, collaboration, independent thinking, problem solving and creativity. We believe that this equips our pupils with key life skills that are transferable to any walk of life.
We are very proud of our successes in placing pupils at nationally recognised drama and performing arts schools and we have a strong mentoring system in place for students who are looking to continue their studies into the professional world. In both GCSE and A Level, the department consistently exceeds the national average in examination results.
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Results for 2016-2017: 100% A*-B
Pupils study the Eduqas GCSE course which strikes an exciting balance between exploration and theoretical study. Through practical workshops pupils study the working of a range of practitioners including Stanislavsky, Brecht, Artaud, Berkoff and Frantic Assembly. Pupils are required to complete two practical assessments and sit a written examination at the end of the course.
As part of the course pupils will also engage in several workshops with visiting practitioners, attend several live theatre productions and participate in a residential drama weekend at Rookesbury Park.
Results for 2016-2017: 92% A*-C
Drama at A Level builds on the practical and theoretical base established at GCSE. Students explore the language of theatre through the study of new practitioners such as Peter Brook, DV8, Punchdrunk and Complicité. The study of three set texts enables students to explore the different facets of drama - practically as an actor, director and designer. Assessment is separated into three practical tasks and one written paper sat at the end of the Eduqas A Level course.
Students need to have an enthusiasm for all aspects of theatre and be ready to tackle challenging practical explorations. Grade B or above at GCSE is desirable. For those who did not undertake GCSE, then evidence of excellent drama skills will be taken into consideration.
On average 15 performances take place every year under the umbrella of the Drama Department. We pride ourselves on offering as many opportunities to every age group as possible.
Coming up shortly we have a production of Carly Churchill's Love and Information for our 15s (Year 11) to Upper Sixth and Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock for our 9s (Year 5) to Lower Sixth pupils.
The Drama Department offers many opportunities for students to see professional theatre in action with numerous trips to West End and Fringe productions.
Head of Drama: Michael Glen (email: email@example.com)