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St. Mary's Catholic High School

Drama Department


The Drama Department aims to provide all pupils with the opportunity to develop their performance skills and to become analytical in their approach to the subject. The team seeks to provide a secure environment where students can improve their self-confidence. The essential skill of collaboration in order to produce a piece of drama enables students to develop vital skills of Speaking, Listening and Working with Others.

Every year the department aims to put on at least one extracurricular activity in the form of a School Production. In 2010 the Department had a successful 3 night sell out the Hit Madness Musical 'OUR HOUSE' and in 2012 with another successful 3 night sell-out of 'GREASE'. The school production of 2013 was 'BUGSY MALONE' which had a very successful 3 night run. The auditions saw a number of new faces eager to take part in the school production and we have embraced the opportunity to nurture this new talent. The cast have worked tremendously hard to produce an uplifting performance and we look forward to a bright future for these young actors in our forthcoming productions.

Drama Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

Learning Programmes

All students in Key Stage 3 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term). This clearly outlines week-by-week the curriculum content both in class and at home. There are 3 Learning Programmes in total LP1 (September to Christmas) LP2 (January to Easter) LP3 (Easter to July).

Drama, Music and PE are working with Learning Journals throughout Key Stage 3.

All students in Key Stage 4 will be issued with a new A4 exercise book each Learning Programme (Term) or Unit (Relating to the Qualification being studied).

There are no Learning Programmes for Key Stage 5 subjects. The Curriculum Overview for each course can be found in the Year 12 and Year 13 tabs.

All Learning Programmes will be displayed on the first page of all exercise books. Each Learning Programme can found in the separate tab for each Year Group.


Drama is delivered to all pupils in Year 7. Pupils can opt to study the subject in Years 8 and 9. Drama GCSE is offered to pupils in Year 10. Pupils in Sixth Form are offered both BTEC Performing Arts (Acting) or Theatre Studies A Level.

At GCSE, the Drama department often achieves results which are 20% higher than the school A-C percentage. We are also very proud of our A-level results with a 100% pass rate.

 

 


 

Staff - Drama

Head of Creative and Expressive Arts
Mrs. C Calwell
 
Teacher of Drama
Miss J Holdship
Miss K Buck
 
Theatre Technician
Mr M Johnson