We believe that at the heart of every child is the desire to “make believe” and although this naturally becomes more complex with age, we aim to deliver the subject in its purest and most creative form, placing great importance on originality and artistry.
We have two teaching spaces: our Drama Studio, fully equipped with lighting equipment and a Youth Centre, which offers a large, bright space, conducive to teaching our younger students and skills that are more physical in nature.
Three members of staff (one full-time and two part-time) deliver the curriculum. As we each have a particular area of expertise (and passion) we can provide the students with a broad range of experience.
We believe that Drama as a subject at KS3, KS4 & KS5 in invaluable in:
- Providing an opportunity for creative expression, through the study of a range of thought-provoking topics;
- Developing the imagination, original thinking and a sense of artistry with reference to historical and current circumstances;
- Developing confidence and communication skills;
- Developing the intellect through the exploration of a range of classical and contemporary texts;
- Strengthening social skills, the ability to work as a team and navigate complex interpersonal relationships;
- Extending literary reference and developing skills in written analysis.
We run a weekly Drama Club at lunchtime on Wednesdays. Our A’Level students assist in running the workshops.
Students have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Shakespeare in Schools Festival’
where we perform at the Kenneth Moore Theatre.
We put on a cross – curricular Summer Production open to all students.
Theatre trips are arranged for all. Examination students will see performances as part of their course.
We are fortunate to have the use of the Redbridge Drama Centre and benefit from their workshops and performances.
Expectations/Code of Conduct:
In order to maintain a calm and safe environment in which our students can enjoy drama and develop confidence in their ability,
we expect students to adhere to the following code of conduct:
- to behave in a sensible and safe manner at all times;
- to be aware of health and safety within the drama space;
- to follow the instructions of their teacher at all times;
- to remove any items that might be a hazard in lessons, such as keys, loose jewellery, scarves, mobile phones, I pods, etc;
- to treat each other with respect, acknowledging the range of sensitivities associated with aspects of drama, such as reading out loud and performing in front of an audience;
- to make their best effort to complete the work set in class and homework.
- We ask students to sign a homework contract at the start of the year. Homework is set fortnightly at KS3 and at GCSE and A Level this increases to meet the demands of the course.