Welcome to Drama Department

Departmental staff:
Mrs Katie Mackreth – Head of Department – KS3 and KS4 Drama (Currently on maternity leave)
Ms Katy Hughes KS3 and KS4 Drama and Head of Year 8
Ms Cliona Donoghue – KS3 Drama (Mat. cover)
Mrs Angela Walsh – KS4 Drama (Mat. cover)
Mrs Theresa James – KS3 and KS4 Drama and Vice-Principal Student Management

Students are taught drama skills through a thematic approach in KS3.
There are 3 strands of skills; creating, performing and evaluating.
Each scheme of learning allows students opportunity to develop the skills within each strand.

Year 7
Lesson contact time is 1 hours per fortnight
The topics followed are:  Darkwood Manor, Silent Movies and Andrej

Year 8
Lesson contact time is 1 hour per fortnight
The topics followed are:  Dilemmas, The seven ages of man and Let him have it

Year 9
Lesson contact time is 2 hours per fortnight
The topics followed are:
The Stones                   Ben
Dilemmas                    DNA
I don’t like Mondays   Stacey 

Years 10 and 11
Lesson contact time is 5 hours per fortnight
All KS4 students study the Edexcel BTEC First Award (Level 2) in performing arts.

The qualification provides students with a broad foundation which will help enable them to proceed into further training or education, or to consider employment in the performing arts world. The course aims to give a practical understanding of what a career in the performing arts world can entail, from business to performance, and it has a specific focus on acting.

Students study real-life, work-based case studies and complete projects and assessments, which contribute to achieving each unit studied. In order to complete each unit, students must achieve against a set of outcomes. The assessment criteria address theory with practical exercises. The assessment process is on-going, so it allows the student to analyse and improve their own performance through their course in much the same way as they would in a real workplace. The projects that students undertake form the basis of their unit results which are graded as a Pass, a Merit, a Distinction or a Distinction *. In the externally assessed Unit, students prepare and perform in 2 performances and a written piece in controlled conditions, that is then marked by an external examiner.

Students will study the following units:

Individual Showcase: Performance and letter of
Externally assessed
Preparation, Performance and Production:
Students produce and perform in their own production
Internally assessed
Acting Skills: Vocal and physical skill based
workshops and performances
Internally assessed