Drama equips pupils at The Warren School with life skills, spiritual, social and well-being and confidence. We provide all students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills to understand how Drama is used as a means of communication, enquiry and as an art form. Drama is an inclusive subject; students can access it, learn and achieve regardless of their ability.

We believe that the value of Drama and the Arts in education can enable students to use their emotional and imaginative experience as part of their personal, intellectual, social and cultural development

The Drama department has high expectations of all students’ attainment and personal conduct. We create an environment where there is an emphasis on success and potential, and where all individuals and their achievements are valued and celebrated.

We also offer a large range of enrichment opportunities for our students and our community with: clubs, theatre visits and whole school productions. We support and nurture talent and constantly look out for opportunities for our students to extend their experience e.g. working with theatre companies.

The Drama department aims and beliefs are;

…To foster creativity.

…To be consistent and fair.

…To have high expectations for ALL our students.

…To encourage students to become independent learners.

…To expect hard work, focus, and dedication.

…To will deliver inspiring and imaginative lessons.

…To celebrate all achievement.

Drama has links with the Music, Media, English, and Art departments

KS3 – summary Yr 7-9

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3 which encompasses a wide range of learning experiences and reflects the needs of the student and community. We believe in the holistic development of the child and so whilst it is important that the students do improve and hone their performance skills we place a lot of emphasis on the students developing skills for life.

GCSE:

At Key Stage 4 students follow the Eduqas exam board. GCSE Drama is a creative course that allows students to explore the elements of Drama through discovery of play texts, topics, stimuli, practitioners, and prepares them as effective Drama students.

Summary of the course

GCSE Drama has a range of learning opportunities for all students that is both practical and written and aims to provide the knowledge that they will need to complete the course to the best of their ability. The course has a mix of devising, performances of text, peer and self-evaluation, textual analysis, and uses transferable skills of team work, problem solving, time keeping, discipline and research.

The Drama department provides help and support through timetabled revision sessions in year 11, including Easter revision sessions. We encourage all students to see as much live theatre as possible

How the course is assessed

The course is split between practical performances (50%) and written assessments/examination (50%).

What 6th form options does this course lend itself to?

GCSE Drama offers a range of transferable skills to take into other sixth form subjects. As well as Drama and Theatre Studies, students also succeed at Law, Performing Arts, English Literature, Art, Music, Media Studies, and History and Sociology based subjects.

Extra-curricular opportunities/Homework expectations

Throughout the course there are opportunities to go to watch live theatre as well as work with professional actors from the industry. All students will be expected to complete homework which can be a range of tasks to enhance their learning, from research tasks to self-evaluations. There is an expectancy that students will need to manage their rehearsals after school and show commitment to themselves and their group work during these times.

Links and how to support your child at home

GCSE Drama is a demanding course and seeing as much live theatre as possible is hugely beneficial. Local theatres offer discounted tickets for students (Barking Broadway, Kenneth More, Queens Theatre, Stratford Circus, for example).