Drama provides pupils with an inspirational active learning experience. Drama not only improves pupils’ ability to perform, it also enhances many key transferable skills, enriches their experience and empowers them. It contributes to their aesthetic and moral development, builds confidence and encourages effective communication.
In Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils receive a weekly Drama lesson of one hour. In Years 10 and 11 GCSE Drama is very popular and provides an attractive and unique addition to other option subjects.
Through our curriculum we help pupils to:
• Develop greater self confidence
• Work and communicate effectively within a group
• Improve leadership and problem-solving skills
• Become more independent and responsible learners
• Build up knowledge and understanding of theatrical techniques and forms
• Explore issues in active, creative and imaginative ways
• Understand others’ points of view or circumstances
• Analyse and evaluate their own and others’ work
• Develop physical and perceptual skills
In order for Drama to be effective, we ensure that we:
• Match groups to levels of work according to their capabilities
• Motivate children to produce work of a high quality
• Move on to work that builds on their skills and the understanding now acquired.
Pupils learn to use space, movement and voice with imagination to communicate meaning. They develop a range of techniques and skills required for credible improvisation and characterisations, and learn to structure an effective performance through rehearsal and self-evaluation.
The Drama curriculum offers a great deal of scope for the acquisition of knowledge about the theatre and there are plenty of opportunities for the development of confidence, group commitment, cultural awareness, creative thinking, self-awareness and social skills.
The GCSE Drama results are excellent, which reflects the talented pupils we have at Abbot’s Hill School. In 2016, 100% of our GCSE pupils achieved grades in the range A* to B.
The school has superb facilities, which include a large 200-seat theatre. The School also has an intimate studio theatre for assessments and examination work. The Theatre has its own lighting and sound equipment, our productions are enhanced by an ever-growing wardrobe, props and scenery store. We have a full time Theatre Technician who helps run the productions and provides students with the opportunity to learn technical skills.
Curriculum work is supported with regular and varied theatre trips including visits to West End Theatres and provincial theatres such as The National Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith, Trafalgar Studios and Oxford Playhouse.
There are ample opportunities for those who wish to pursue drama in more depth outside of the curriculum through drama clubs, competitions and productions. The school also offers the opportunity to pursue LAMDA qualifications, which at the higher levels contribute to the UCAS University entry tariff.