Drama and Performing Arts

drama masks

Subject information

  • Head of faculty: Mr L Goodall

Subject statement

Drama is taught to all students at Key Stage 3 and is offered as an option at Key Stage 4. At Key Stage 5, BTEC Performing Arts is an option. At all levels, the subject is taught by specialist teachers. The department has a multi-purpose Performing Arts room, a studio space, a large theatre in the main building and a green room which stores costumes and props. At the Post 16 Centre there is a smaller theatre space which is used at Key Stage 5. Drama is a popular subject and offers students the chance to explore life from the point of view of different playwrights, examining text and stimulus material in a creative and safe environment. It is particularly important in developing self-esteem and self-confidence.

Meet the staff

  • Mr L Goodall Head of Performing Arts
  • Mr N Pritchard Teacher of Performing Arts

Subject overview

The department prides itself on offering a balanced and varied curriculum at each level, ensuring that pupils gain an appreciation for the subject, including the skills, thinking and contexts behind successful Drama. Besides their studies in lessons – which are further detailed below – there are opportunities to get involved with extra-curricular activities both after school and during challenge days. Annual school productions involve students from all age ranges, and represent a highlight of the school calendar.

When the opportunity arises students are encouraged to perform in assemblies and at presentation evening. The department puts on a talent show and a larger production each year, while there is also showcased work from BTEC students. Drama works closely with the Music and Media departments and the theatre is in constant use. Students who show an interest are able to get involved with the technical side of theatre work and learn how to operate the equipment and the lighting.

Key Stage offered

Key Stage Offered Additional Information

Last Updated: April 2016