All First and Second Year pupils have one Drama lesson a week.
In the Third Year, pupils can opt to follow the Theatre Studies course. The course provides experience in a range of theatre skills including vocal and physical performance skills, devising, working with scripts and theatre design. Pupils will also study and analyse live theatre as part of their course. They are assessed through a combination of practical and written assignments throughout the year.
Our GCSE students follow the EDUQAS Drama 9-1 specification. Currently there are 2 sets in each year group, with 18 pupils taking the subject in the 4th year and 21 in the 5th year. All sets are taught by subject specialists and the Drama Department regularly moderates both practical and written assignments to ensure parity of marking. The course combines devising and scripted practical assessments with the study of live theatre and set texts. A requirement of the GCSE is that students attend a range of theatre trips in each year of the course. All students can choose to be assessed for acting or design for each assessment.
At A Level, students follow the AQA Drama specification. As part of the course, pupils attend varied theatre trips, which they analyse in depth. Students will also study two significant Drama texts in full, as well as studying and performing extracts from at least three others. Students will also take part in two practical assessments: a devised project and a scripted extract.
The Drama suite consists of the Dobson Theatre, Robert Twigg Studio (a black box studio) and S3 (the Drama/Dance studio). The latter facility is shared with the PE department. We also have a dedicated dressing room, two rehearsal rooms, a props and costume store, a make up room and a Drama office.