Drama

Everyone can perform whether it is telling a good joke or putting on an accent – that’s Drama. It makes the world an exciting, entertaining, thoughtful place to be and it is accessible to everyone.

The skills used are essential for modern living in a competitive world – negotiating, diplomacy, sensitivity, decision making, mediation as well as presentation skills – both in dress and delivery.

Learning Drama should be fun, but challenging – going out of your comfort zone, taking a risk, making mistakes in front of a group who will support, appreciate, applaud and encourage you.

> Years 7-9

Drama is a core subject and all year groups have the opportunity to develop and extend their skills through improvisation, text based work and a variety of techniques. Transferable skills such as group work, decision making, self-awareness and confidence building are intrinsic to the success and achievement of the pupils. Lessons are practical with a performance element, and students are encouraged to discuss their work and others’ in a supportive and constructive environment.

At Year 8, pupils have the opportunity to work with IT to create a short film from scratch.

> GCSE

Pupils have the option to study AQA GCSE Drama. This is a highly practical course with 60% of marks achieved from coursework. Assessments can include Improvisation, Script work, Theatre in Education and Devised Drama.

A written exam makes up the remaining 40%. Essays focus on how pupils created their performance work with an evaluation of the successes and weakness in performance.

Group work is at the heart of this course and the focus is on how you create a piece of theatre together and analysing its strengths and weaknesses.

> A Level

The AQA AS/A2 Drama and Theatre Studies course is performance based. Students create and perform Drama influenced by practitioners and styles as 40% of their final mark.

A wide range of texts from different periods and genres are studied, at both AS and A2, from a performance, design or directorial perspective.

Students have to see live theatre which informs their understanding and appreciation of how it is created, using the experience to influence their own creative work.

Interpretations of text and live theatre are examined in written form as the remaining 60% of their final mark.

> Co-curricular (including clubs)

The Drama department stage at least three productions a year, giving all age ranges an opportunity to participate. Participation is voluntary.

All Year 7 perform classroom work at the end of the academic year

Years 9 and 10 perform as part of The Hereford one-Act Play Festival at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford in March.

The Senior production is usually at the end of the Autumn term. Productions range from straight plays to musicals.

Past productions include: Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim; As You Like It by William Shakespeare; DNA by Dennis Kelly; Totally Over You by Mark Ravenhill.
> Trips
Hereford is within easy reach of a number of excellent regional theatres. Opportunities are offered for students to see contemporary work by influential companies, playwrights and directors to inform and support their studies.
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