The Drama Department aims that all children fulfil their potential in line with the school’s Mission Statement. Here, through positive participation, it is hoped that every pupil can develop their “emotional literacy” and analytical awareness by seeing the world imaginatively from other perspectives. This imaginative engagement develops the students’ critical thinking.
In Year 7, pupils are expected to meet and explore a range of drama techniques which are developed and extended in Year 8. In Year 9, the emphasis is increasingly on the choices they make for themselves when deciding how to interpret texts, develop ideas and explore situations through performance. When pupils are creating, performing and responding to drama, they are actively developing the skills and understanding that are central to progress in Literacy. Drama helps pupils to recognise the layers of meaning that exist in text and contexts, to develop their knowledge of dramatic conventions and their sense of audience. They do so as participants in making drama and by stepping back to appreciate and appraise their own contributions and those of others.
Drama enables pupils to gain life skills in and outside of school. They are able to explore and analyse a wider sense of community. Drama helps develop personal and social skills and approaches to moral questions