As they progress, they are encouraged to develop their improvisation skills creating characters, as well as exploring a range of scripts.
At KS4, students can choose GCSE Drama.
At KS5, Drama and Theatre Studies is an A level linear option, where students develop their practical and written skills in greater detail.
In addition, the department uses the Theatre, which is well-equipped with sound and lighting facilities, as well as a projector. The raked seating can be removed, to provide a more flexible space for rehearsals and examination performances. School productions and examination performances often use the stage area (Dance Studio), which includes a white cyclorama.
The department has access to laptops and iPads, allowing students greater research opportunities, as well as providing more opportunities to become involved with technical theatre. Practical work is filmed on digital camcorders and worked stored on portable hard-drives and Google Classroom.
A level students experience workshops led by practitioners, to improve their examination performances.
GCSE and A level students are encouraged to take part in regular theatre visits, as this is a compulsory requirement for their examinations, as well as providing further opportunities to learn about the theatrical process.
Whole-School productions rotate every two years, providing further opportunities for students to get involved, both as performers and technicians.
GCSE and A level rehearsals take place during lunch-times and after-school, as well as occasional Saturdays.
Lunchtime showcases and the Christmas Concert, provide performance and technical opportunities for GCSE and A level students.
‘Weatherhead’s Got Talent’ is a whole-school talent show, run by Media Arts/Performing Arts staff.
Arts Leaders help organise and run some events, supporting Performing Arts students.
‘Tech Crew Club’ provides technical support for the annual ‘Summer Sizzler’, organised by Mrs Carney and supported by Performing Arts department.
Assessment and Monitoring
Key Stage 4 and 5 – students are assessed regularly in every area of the courses, focusing both on the practical and written aspects.
Any students requiring additional support, are identified as early as possible, in order to improve their progress.
Students use props and costumes from the department store cupboards, throughout KS3, 4 and 5.
In Year 7, students watch a range of televised pantomime performances and study extracts from The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty.
In Year 8, students study two texts Romeo and Juliet and Willy Russell’s Our Day Out. They also complete an improvisation unit.
Year 9 focus on Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers and also develop their devising skills in order to prepare for the GCSE course.
GCSE Drama students study Blood Brothers and create drama performances from a range of stimuli.
A level students study The Glass Menagerie and The Servant of Two Masters as well as performing devised and scripted work.
Curriculum Co-ordinator for Performing Arts i/c Drama
Teacher of Drama