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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 and 10, with Year 11 students taking BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts.  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 are now in our fourth year of the competition and will be premiering at Carlisle in April 2013 after winning the Open B final of Rock Challenge in Grimsby 2012. 

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' and 'Big Issues'.  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 other students' productions like the recently performed 'Noises Off' production by Year 13 Performing Arts students. 

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 9 and 10 study the newly introduced 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.  Students in Year 11 study BTEC Level 2 in Performing Arts; this is a vocationally based course where students learn skills in dance and drama. 

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 performed in the dance show 'Seven Deadly Sins' and the comedy play 'Noises Off' by Michasel Frayn.

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