Immanuel College

Performing Arts

The Drama Department aims to stimulate and nurture a lifelong interest in theatre and performance work. Students develop a range of skills including those needed for presentation and group awareness.

The Drama Department aims to stimulate and nurture a lifelong interest in theatre and performance work. Students develop a range of skills including those needed for presentation and group awareness.

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.

At A Level, 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. The department has two main School Productions, a musical and the school play. Students have the opportunity to perform or to work on the technical requirements of the productions.  In the past we have held a House Shakespeare competition, Junior School assembly performances, Drama Club performances, lunch time concerts and past productions have included Oliver!, The Importance of Being EarnestTwelfth Night, Mary Poppins, Three Sisters and My Fair Lady.

The Music Department is a vibrant part of Immanuel College that stimulates and nurtures a lifelong interest in all genres of music. There is a particular emphasis on music interpretation and appreciation and students are taught the art of composing their own pieces of music. We want our students to flourish in an atmosphere where they are happy to learn about music and enjoy their lessons.

Students have one lesson a week throughout KS3 and can opt for GCSE and A Level. Our aim in KS3 is to furnish our students with a variety of musical skills and an understanding of different genres. They each have access to a Mac where they can learn music using the Music first programme alongside the more traditional ways of learning. In KS3 there are a number of different modules including a set work, Jewish music, western music, composition and music theory.

For GCSE, we follow the Cambridge IGCSE course which offers a varied and exciting syllabus including performance, composition, theory and a specific set work. 

In the Sixth Form, students will follow the Cambridge GCS course which offers a very practical syllabus and the opportunity to learn a number of different set works.

The Music Department regularly joins with the Drama Department, providing a varied extra-curricular programme. There is a main school musical, as well as opportunities for younger pupils to perform. More recently we have staged Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and Oliver.

There is a major concert at Chanukah and a Performing Arts Festival in March where students can show off their music talents to an independent adjudicator. The winners will appear in the Performing Arts Festival Concert.

The Music Department offers students the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and we have an expert team of peripatetic teachers giving tuition in singing, drums, guitar, trumpet, piano and clarinet. There are many opportunities for extra-curricular activities including various choirs and vocal groups, instrumental ensembles and the school musical.

Apart from the major concerts during the year, we also run lunchtime concerts every two weeks and there is ample opportunity for students to perform both at these concerts and also at various assemblies.