Performing Arts

Drama has an important role to play in the personal development of our students. The skills and qualities developed by students in drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are essential in all subjects and all areas of life. Drama stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

It is vital to create an atmosphere of security, trust and concentration. Drama promotes self-esteem and provides all students with a sense of achievement regardless of their academic ability.

Drama curriculum is focused upon developing pupil imagination, communication and creativity whilst assessing their progress in the three essential areas of: making, performing and responding in Drama. The curriculum has been designed to introduce and sustain the continual assessment of pupils according to the Drama Assessment Level descriptors published in the Arts Council document “Drama in Schools” (second edition 2003).

In KS1 and KS2 pupils take part in a range of pretend activities where they explore situations and stories through imaginative role play. Themes and texts are connected to the topics and themes they are studying in other curriculum areas.

Pupils are also encouraged to develop their confidence by taking part in the school Christmas production, celebration events and special assemblies.

In KS3, students have the option to participate in Creative Arts which integrates Music, Film and Media. They will be provided with experience and skills in sound editing, staging and directing.

KS4 students receive lessons in Performing Arts, which may have a music focus or drama focus depending on the interest of students.

KS5 students will have the opportunity to work with professional artists, attend performances, visit theatres and galleries and increase their knowledge and understanding of the Arts Industry.