Mr. H. Pearson (Head of Drama)
In Drama it's the whole person that learns.
All students are taught Drama one lesson a week (or equivalent). Students gain experience in applying a process of:
They work imaginatively and creatively. They learn how to use Explorative Strategies and how to build roles. They learn how to articulate how Drama works as an Art Form.
They acquire team-work skills. They are encouraged to enjoy challenges, to be brave and to be creative. They are praised for supportiveness, sensitivity, originality and insight. They gain experience of theatre conventions and styles. They perform in front of their peers in a supportive environment.
There is a vertical (year7-10) Drama Club which allows students from different year groups to learn from each other and form relationships while working in an intense and creative way.
Many students go on to take Theatre Studies or Performing Arts at A Level. Some go on to study Drama at university or Drama school and on to professional work in the theatre, media or education, but all who take Drama benefit from the subject.
The experience gained and skills acquired will help in interviews and the world of work but are also to do with the whole person, impacting on the individual's personal relationships, his or her ability to understand and deal with situations and his or her relationship with society.
The Edexcel GCSE 1699 Drama course creates a space for students to mature and develop. It builds team work and communication skills and self-confidence.
Drama is a powerful learning medium which engages all types of learner (visual, oral, kinaesthetic etc) and simultaneously engages all the senses. Skills are acquired in Drama which can be applied across the curriculum and beyond school.
Students are encouraged to create a safe environment in which they feel able to explore and take risks. This creates a climate for rapid development, for language acquisition and for learning.
Students are encouraged to be inquisitive, brave, supportive, sensitive, original and creative. As well as learning about drama and reflecting on life they become skilled learners.
We look for exciting opportunities to perform. In the past students have performed in front of the public at the Norwich Playhouse (we have repeatedly participated in the Springboard programme), we have taken part in the Shakespeare in Schools Festival and have even gone on tour to Hungary.