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The Drama Department
Head of Department = Mrs S Owen
The drama department consists of 1 specialist teacher. The department has a spacious classroom in which students are enthusiastically encouraged to create imaginative and inventive drama. The department has a strong focus that all students develop their skills, talents, abilities and aspirations.
Students in Year 7 and 8 have a weekly lesson to develop their knowledge and understanding of theatrical techniques, skills, devised, scripted and performed drama. Option groups in Year 9, 10 and 11 are working towards GCSE exams with the AQA exam board. All students will be assessed on the number grade 1-9 system. There is a focus on the development of practical skills with reflective written evidence of understanding. There is a moderated practical exam in year 11 and students will also sit a controlled written exam to consolidate their understanding of the theatrical needs of a live performance, the roles and responsibilities undertaken in the theatre and the needs of a performer to act characters from a published script.
Year 7 and 8 students will have Half termly practical and written assessments followed by a controlled written exam. Year 9,10 and 11 students will have regular practical and written assessments linked with the three components of the exam followed by a controlled written exam. All student progress will be assessed against the AQA objectives (demonstrate knowledge and understanding, apply knowledge and understanding, analyse and evaluate information and ideas).
The expectation for home learning is that Year 7 and 8 students will complete a minimum of one home learning activity per week using the drama homework menu whilst Years 9, 10 and 11 will have weekly tasks to complete focusing on the topics studied and written exam criteria.
A drama club runs every Wednesday after school for all students. A variety of activities and rehearsals for the development of a school production are completed within these sessions.
Revision sessions for year 9, 10 & 11 students run every Tuesday after school.
There are opportunities to take part in theatre workshops and visits. We also have a successful link with The Grange Theatre in Oldham which allows students to carry out their work experience behind the scenes in a professional theatre.