Edexcel Drama promotes self-confidence. It develops an emotional intelligence whilst fostering crucial team working skills. During Year 7, pupils explore the use of performance and analytical skills through schemes of work such as The Haunted Lift and Blood Brothers. Drama is taught once a week in form groups at Key Stage 3.
At KS4 and 5 the curriculum is enriched with opportunities to attend live theatre performances and technical theatre workshops. These inspire students in the creation of their own performances – enhancing their theatrical knowledge and creativity. Year 9 students also take part in a Year 6 primary liaison project where they become positive role-models. Many students have continued to study the Arts at University and we currently have ex-students that perform regularly in the West End and TV. Support is provided in the form of coursework clinics and the setting of SMART targets. Many of our sixth form students facilitate lower school classes.
AQA Media develops creative, analytical and reflective students. It encourages students to consider the world around them, actively identifying how they are influenced by a variety of institutions and people. In Key Stage 3 Media is covered within the English department – but at Key Stage 4 and 5 it is a separate GCSE and A-level course. The students are provided with visits such as the Harry Potter Studios and the BBFC. The information gained is then put into practice with the creation of a magazine front page and their own short films (using IMovie). The students explore media forms such as TV, Radio and Video Games.
Both of these subjects are based heavily on Literacy, so to support this we work closely with extended learning. Using group work, peer/self/teacher assessments and clear scaffolding to contribute towards the passionate environments we seek within our classrooms – encouraging all to achieve.
|Staff Names||Staff Titles|
|Mrs S Stewart||Head of Drama / Media Studies|
|Mrs C Pollard||Drama / Media Studies|
|Mr S Gair||Drama, Media responsibility for BTEC performing arts|
|Mrs L Judd||Head of Dance|
|Mr C MacLeod||Drama and responsible for BTEC Creative Media / Business Studies|
|Miss L Hancock||SCITT|
|Mr N Stewart||Performing Arts Technician|