7 – 11 Drama
I believe drama is an essential part of child development. It provides the key skills, confidence, discipline and imaginative freedom that is becoming increasingly essential in this day and age. From Greek amphitheatres, to Shakespeare, to Hairspray: I love every part of what is has been, is now, and will be
Ms McLoughlin (Head of Drama)
Key Stage 3
Students in Key Stage Three study Drama for one lesson a week. Over the two years they study a range of topics including Matilda, Characterisation, Romeo and Juliet, Physical Theatre and Blood Brothers. Within these topics students learn drama skills such as script work, devising, abstract drama and performance as well as studying professional works. The curriculum at KS3 prepares students for the demands of GCSE however as well as learning subject specific skills, students also learn the value of group work and co-operation, and build their confidence.
In addition to timetabled lessons there are many opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular drama activities, including the whole school musical, Dance Journeys with The English National Ballet and going to see the Pantomime at The Lyric. This year in collaboration with The Lyric Theatre, students in Year 7 will have the opportunity to gain their Bronze Arts Award, a nationally recognised qualification.
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Qualification: GCSE Drama
- Coursework: 40%
- Performance Exam: 20%
- Written exam: 40%
Students study three components for GCSE Drama – Devising, Performance and Theatre Text in Practice. For the written exam students study the play DNA by Dennis Kelly and The Woman in Black by Stephen Mallatrat. For the performance exam students have performed plays such as Blue Remembered Hills, Five Kinds of Silence and Two as well as exploring a range of different styles and forms of drama such as naturalism, physical theatre and Epic Theatre.
Possible pathways from this course: students with at least a 6 grade will be able to opt for AS Drama and Theatre Studies. This qualification will also support English Literature A Level.
What’s unique about HA Drama?
We provide amazing opportunities for students to get involved with professional actors and theatres. In the last two years we have collaborated with two local theatres, The Lyric and The Bush, on a range of projects and we run a wide range of theatre trips for all year groups and workshops with different companies. Many of our KS5 students choose to continue Drama to higher education, and previously we have had students accepted onto courses at ArtsEd and East 15.
We also have access to three incredible performance spaces including a Dance Studio and Theatre, as well as a well stocked costume cupboard and state of the art lighting rig and sound system.
Recent adventures in Drama
A school production of ‘In The Heights’ with students performance, choreography direction and crew; HA’s Got Talent showcase; 24 hour Dramathon; trips to the theatre (eg: Lyric, Donmar warehouse, Bush theatre and other West End theatres); workshops with actors and visiting professionals.
Recent successes by the Drama Department
KS3 performed on stage at the Donmar Warehouse, Cylthia Williams (alumni) was accepted to East 15 on the Acting and Physical theatre degree. We produced three incredible performances of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to packed audiences.