Drama is taught by a subject specialist in an inspiring studio conducive to performance work. Pupils have one lesson per week throughout KS3 and can opt for GCSE and A Level . Our aim in KS3 is to furnish the pupils with a variety of useful performance skills and an understanding of theatrical styles and genres. Those who are particularly keen on performance or technical theatre can opt to study Drama at GCSE and higher.
In KS3 pupils study a number of Units, ranging from ‘Starting a new School’ in Year 7 to Naturalism and successful script writing in Year 9. All lessons are practical; pupils regularly perform in front of each other and learn how to appraise work positively.
We follow the Welsh Board Syllabus at GCSE for those who show a keen interest and ability in performance or technical work. Pupils have opportunities to work on a number of projects including improvisation, devised work, and performance of scripted plays alongside evaluating live theatre.
In the Sixth Form, students have the opportunity to study performance work in the light of practitioners and performance styles. They also study key texts from the point of view of a director.
The department regularly joins with the Music Department, providing a varied extra-curricular programme. There is a main School Production which may be a musical, as well as opportunities for younger pupils to perform. In the past we have held a House Shakespeare competition, Junior School reviews and past productions have included Oliver! The Importance of Being Earnest and Twelfth Night.