Drama is one of the oldest subjects known to academia and is an exciting and stimulating subject to study. It stretches the student's intellectual ability, challenges their
way of seeing the world and increases their capacity to communicate ideas.
Drama at Key Stage 3
Students follow Arts Council England guidance for Drama.
Drama at St Clement's High School is intended to offer all students an opportunity to unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. Through it, ideas, responses and feelings can be expressed and communicated.
The curriculum allows pupils, through engagement in drama, to apply their imaginations and draw upon their own personal experiences. Their increasing knowledge and understanding of how the elements of drama work, enables them to effectively shape, express and share their ideas, feelings and responses, making use of language, space, symbol, allegory and metaphor.
In addition, principles of communication, concentration and co-operation are encouraged and opportunities for participation in whole school productions and future Performing Arts opportunities are encouraged.
In common with all subjects, drama requires specific skills, knowledge and understanding, which are progressively taught and assessed through and across the key stages. Three interrelated activities characterise the subject of drama at all levels; making, performing and responding.
The Drama department fully believes that direct engagement in drama is essential as part of an arts-rich curriculum that every pupil has a right to experience. Through Drama pupils become familiar with the culture and conventions of theatre and learn to exercise critical judgement when making, performing and responding to drama of all kinds.
It is also important to recognise that Drama continues to play a role in the Key stage 3 English curriculum and progress in Drama supports progress in English. Effective Drama teaching improves pupils’ speaking and listening, reading and writing through developing thinking, communication skills and critical analysis.
Drama at GCSE Level
Students follow the Eduqas syllabus and complete a three year course.