Drama & Performing Arts
Who are we?
Head of Department – Mr J Turner
Teacher – Miss R Senior
What do we do?
Drama and Performing Arts is an action packed, fun, creative and challenging department.
Lessons take place in our dedicated theatre, where students make use of professional lighting, sound and visual production equipment. Through drama, young people are given opportunities to express and manage their thoughts and feelings, responding to a wide range of issues and situations. Students are encouraged to work collaboratively whilst participating in a variety of shared experiences.
We offer opportunities for students at all levels to extend their learning and enjoyment of drama beyond the classroom, ranging from after-school clubs to whole school productions and theatre visits.
A day in the life…
In engaging and fun lessons, students learn drama techniques to develop their skills in expressing and exploring ideas and concepts.
A typical lesson at Key Stage 3 will explore one of four key areas – storytelling, historical context, styles of drama, social issues – and students will devise and perform their work to an audience of their peers.
At Key Stage 4 students study the BTEC Performing Arts Programme, developing their acting skills, including performing scripted work by professional playwrights and their own devised work. Students also have an opportunity to develop other skills in the performing arts industry, including dance, singing and stage production.
Students with a qualification in Performing Arts may go on to study the subject in further education, leading to a range of future career opportunities including: broadcast presenter, actor, dancer, theatre director, theatre stage manager, artistic director, lighting technician, singer, set designer, sound engineer.
Studying Drama and Performing Arts helps to develop a wide range of transferable skills essential to progression and success in life including confidence, presenting skills, ability to work effectively as part of a team, critical thinking and the opportunity to work creatively.