Overview of the subject
Drama is taught across all key stages and is a highly valued subject in our school curriculum. Students explore a wide range of topics, themes and techniques as well as developing their understanding of Drama as an art form and its place in our cultural heritage
Creating, performing and evaluating are at the core of our work across all key stages and pupils enjoy the freedom to explore and record their ideas, feelings and insights whilst working both individually and with their peers.
We are committed to maintaining our Arts Mark status and in July 2017 submitted our case study to gain Arts Mark Platinum. We will hear the outcome at some point in the autumn term.
We work closely with Art and Music on a number of cross curricular projects including Bronze Arts Award; an external qualification validated by the Arts Council and Trinity College London, which all students in Year 8 complete in the summer term.
We are particularly proud of the quality of our fully inclusive extra-curricular provision. All students are welcome to participate in school productions and clubs, the only criteria is enthusiasm and commitment!
Last academic year KS4 Drama students performed ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’ at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Our end of year production was ‘Kes’ and involved students from Y7-12 involved as performers, back stage/technical production and designing and building the set. Our annual House Drama Competition gives students from across the school the chance to direct, write and perform their own original work. The House Drama competition is always eagerly anticipated as each house battle to win our coveted best production award and the OSCAR for best actor (male and female).
We enjoy working with and in our local community. In November 2016 our Y10 GCSE students delivered bespoke Theatre in Education projects in our local primary schools and for a Safeguarding Conference at Airedale Hospital for social workers, the medical profession and the police.
Theatre trips are an essential part of the curriculum. We regularly take students to see professional work both locally and as part of our annual London Theatre trip.