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Drama and Performing Arts

Overview

Drama and Performing Arts is now a strong and thriving subject within school.  Drama is delivered to students in Years 7 and 8, GCSE Performing Arts is an option for students in Years 9, 10, and 11. Students at Key Stage 5 are currently taking BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts which is worth the equivalent of one A Level grade.  Extra-curricular activities are an important part of the Performing Arts department, with Rock Challenge being a main focal point.  We will be showcasing as a premier school, for the third year running, at Carlisle in April 2015 and competing at Grimsby in June 2015.

Key Stage 3

Students in Years 7 and 8 study Drama as a distinct subject for one lesson a week.  They learn key skills in dramatic play such as working with others, creating improvisation and learning short extracts from plays such as 'Goggle Eyes', ‘His Dark Materials’ and 'Big Issues'. Students work from set briefs, in small groups, similar to the brief outlines given to students studying GCSE Performing Arts. Students are assessed every half-term through teacher and student appraisal.  Drama is a fulfilling subject which enables students to work with others, gain confidence and develop critical skills.  Students are encouraged to watch and participate in other students' performances like the up and coming Year 13 Production of ‘Wizard of Oz’.

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 study the AQA GCSE Performing Arts course which provides them with the opportunity to develop an individual skill or skills within a performance context.  They gain experience and an understanding of the Performing Arts Industry not only as a Performer but as a member of a Production Company. 

Post 16

Students in Key Stage 5 study BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts.  The course provides students with the opportunity to specialise in an art form they would like to expand their understanding, experience and knowledge.  This course is a practical based course with continuous assessment over the two years.  Students are encouraged to watch live theatre/dance outside of the classroom environment to enhance their understanding of their specific art form.  Students in Year 13 have recently showcased their talents in productions such as ‘Noises Off’, ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, ‘Flint Street Nativity’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.

Relevant Links
• Dance Organisations Directory
• The Stage - The Website for the Entertainment Industry
• Theatre By The Lake
• Edexcel