The Drama department is young and lively - just like our boys! With our dedicated Drama studio students are fully supported in their learning environment to achieve their very best. The atmosphere of lessons, whether practical or theory based, is focused and creative – with a strong emphasis on engagement.
As a department, we strongly believe that Drama provides students with many key skills for the future:
- The development of communication skills in a variety of forms
- Teamwork and leadership
- The confidence to perform in front of peers in a secure environment
- The ability to debate and to listen to others
- To creatively express themselves - not only in terms of performing, but also through the arts, such as mask making or set design
Year 7 students have two lessons of Drama a week, which incorporates part of the PHSCE curriculum, such as exploring issues around democracy, money management and current affairs.
Year 8 and 9 have one lesson a week with the option to continue studying at GCSE. Each year your son will study a set text, the work of a theatre practitioner, a social issue and a genre of theatre.
These include Blood Brothers, Over There and Blackout. The life of Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud. Exploring Cyberbullying, Knife Crime and Mental Health. Learning to express ourselves in the genre of Melodrama, Greek Theatre and Commedia Dell’arte.
At KS4 students follow the new AQA Drama syllabus, producing a range of performance and practical based coursework. Topics include Theatre in Education, Directing, Puppetry and Costume Design. The work is assessed through on-going projects (60%) and a final exam (40%).
Outside of lessons each year group is invited to attend performances at least once a year – with many of these trips costing students nothing due to our collaboration with The Rose Theatre, Kingston.
As part of our commitment to student’s learning we often invite leading practitioners to offer extra workshops. In recent years we have had representatives from The Globe, The Rose, The Old Vic, Splendid Productions and Kazzum. We reach out to our wider community and have collaborated recently with Surbiton YMCA's theatre group Benchmark and with Tolworth Juniors and Dysart.
We also stage production, giving students the chance to perform to peers and parents. This experience is vital to extending student’s acting skills and enabling them to find out what life is like in front of and behind the curtain. Every year we host a Murder Mystery in collaboration with the DT department and recent productions include Blood Brothers, The Odyssey, Moby Dick and The Jungle Book.