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There are currently three teachers in the Drama Department, which is led by Mr Smyth. Drama is taught in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at the front of the school. PAC1 is the biggest space and is the venue where all performances take place. It has air conditioning, a lighting circuit and a sound system which are available during lessons and when performing a play to a public audience.
The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to introduce drama to all students and help them make good progress whilst enjoying the range of activities and learning opportunities offered. The programme prepares students for GCSE level work .
The GCSE course takes place over a period of 2 years. During this time you will use a range of drama skills including; theatre craft (design lighting, props and costume) and problem solving –based upon issues and published play scripts. You will also capture your own response, development and an evaluation on paper. You will also need to compare your work to others' and include evidence of at least one trip to a theatre. Ideas will be explored through process and performance.
BTEC Performing Arts has been a successful part of the curriculum at Key stage 5 for many years. Many students enjoy it and some have chosen to continue with it at university and develop professional careers.