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GCSE Results 2019

Due to the cancellation of formal examinations in 2020.  The displayed results are from 2019.  The school is pleased to inform parents that all results continued to improve this year and we congratulate all pupils on their fantastic achievements.

  Drama
9-7 10.0%
9-5 40.0%
9-4 70.0%
9-1 100%

2020/2021 teaching staff: Miss T Searle, Mrs D Solari and Ms E Griffin. 

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Drama fosters self-discipline, confidence and team work as well as developing skills in interpreting, negotiating, problem solving, decision making and evaluating. Drama enhances students’ artistic and creative abilities and gives them a better understanding of themselves and the world they live in. Students will use themes, issues and texts to examine a diverse range of social, political and cultural contexts. Drama is an inclusive subject where all students are given the opportunity to learn and develop in a safe and structured environment. There are many cross-curricular links explored in Drama lessons.

Faculty Creative Arts
Head of Faculty Mr R Hughes
Key Stage 3 

Throughout Key Stage Three, students develop their abilities in comprehension and communication. They will work in varying group sizes and learn to take risks with the development of their ideas. Students learn performance skills and how they can communicate meaning to an audience. They learn to analyse their work and the work of others. Assessment will take place each term and students will be assessed regularly on their communication, concentration, collaboration, creativity and characterisation as well as their acting ability in an end of term assessment. Homework will be in the form of line-learning, rehearsals, revising drama language, spelling tests and online quizzes that test the knowledge learnt in lessons.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 7

DRAMA SKILLS
Introduction to Drama

DEVISING
Darkwood Manor

TEXTS IN PRACTICE
‘The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty’

Year 8

DRAMA SKILLS
Theatre Skills

DEVISING
Titanic

TEXTS IN PRACTICE
‘Curious Incident’

Year 9

TEXTS IN PRACTICE
‘Blood Brothers’

DRAMA SKILLS
Responding to Stimuli

DEVISING
Tilda Jenkins

 

Key Stage 4 

Progression from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 is made through building on and developing the use of Drama techniques previously learnt and exploring age appropriate issues and contexts.

C1 – Understanding Drama - worth 40% of the GCSE. To be assessed May of Year 11.

  • Students will study the play Blood Brothers through both practical and theory work. They will develop an understanding of the play from the perspective of an actor, director and designer to allow them to answer 4 exam questions on this play.
  • Students will also analyse and evaluate a piece of live theatre which they will view at least once over the two years. They will focus on the work of the theatre makers (actors, directors and designers) and answer 1 exam question on this play.

C2 – Devising Drama - worth 40% of the GCSE.

  • Students will work in groups to create a devised piece of drama. In preparation for this students will be taught about applying different styles of theatre to their work, and will explore the work of recognised theatre practitioners.
  • Students will also need to complete a devising log which records their process of exploration and creation of work, and evaluates their final performance. Students will perform in front of an audience and will be marked by teacher examiners.

C3 – Texts in Practice – worth 20% of GCSE.

  • Students will perform two extracts from a play which will be chosen by their teachers to ensure the text embraces the performance strengths of the student.
  • This will be performed in front of an audience, and will be marked by an external examiner.
Exam Board AQA
Extra-Curricular

The Drama department also offer opportunities for students to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities, for example theatre trips, actor workshops, the Christmas Show, Whole School Production and KS4 rehearsals after school.

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