Pupils spend much of their time working together in pairs or groups. They begin with simple confidence building exercises, develop problem solving skills and explore themes and real life situations. Emphasis is placed on self expression and the ability to understand and empathise with the views of others. This is achieved through group work, movement, improvisation and studying scripts.
It is hoped pupils will have fun and gain experience in a variety of theatre skills and techniques for example stagelighting. Opportunities to develop group work and self-presentation skills will be useful in other subjects and later life.
Visiting professionals provide Key Stage 3 workshops/demonstrations based on African and Indian performance styles. Links with local colleges ensure pupils experience excellent examples of performing arts work post-16.
GCSE Drama builds upon previous experience and demands strong commitment, attendance and group work skills. Both devised and scripted projects are assessed via practical work and written documentary evaluations. Opportunities to see and take part in live performances are an important component. A final practical exam takes place in Year 11 in front of an external examiner. 60% of marks are achieved through coursework (practical activities and written evaluations) and 40% of marks are achieved with a Year 11 practical exam.