Drama is taught as a specialist subject from Year 7 upwards, with opportunities to continue studying at GCSE and A level. The girls cover a wide range of skills, from both scripted and devised pieces, to physical theatre and practitioners. In Drama, we use a wide range of different techniques to ensure that all girls develop their creativity, emotional depth, ability to work in groups and their self-confidence.
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, pupils are taught in form groups. They have one double lesson a fortnight, and receive one homework per lesson. Pupils build a wide range of skills and learn through a combination of games and exercises. They perform every lesson, and are formally assessed every half term.
Key Stage 4
At GCSE, pupils follow the AQA syllabus. The practical element of the examination is a devised piece, created entirely by the students. The written examination requires the study of a set text, and written answers to how candidates would direct, act, costume or design a set for an extract. Pupils must also write a review of a theatre production that they have seen, and so there are theatre trips arranged throughout the year.
Key Stage 5
At AS and A level, pupils follow the AQA syllabus. At AS level, the practical element of the examination is a scripted piece in the style of a chosen practitioner, and the written element is an extract from the study of a set text, and a question on the work of theatre makers in a live theatre production. At A level, the practical element of the examination is a devised piece in the style of a different practitioner to AS level, and the written element is questions on two set plays, and a question on the work of theatre makers in a live theatre production.
GCSE 67% A*/A 100% A*/B
GCE 100 A*/C
The school production is The Lion King, and will be performed in March 2017.
The drama department organises many trips to see theatre productions, in as many different styles as we can.
We have been to see:
Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn. at Richmond Theatre
Blue Heart by Caryl Churchill at Orange Tree Theatre
Due to popular demand, drama club runs after school on both Wednesday and Thursday. This is an opportunity for pupils to extend their range, mix with students from other forms and year groups, and partake in activities which are not on the curriculum.
Miss S Collett - Head of Drama