The Drama department follows on from the groundwork laid by the Creative Arts programme at Key Stage 3. Students wishing to carry on with Drama at Key Stage 4 are entered for the Edexcel GCSE course in Year 10.
Those students wanting to pursue theatre at a higher level opt to follow theatre in the IB Diploma Programme.
A website dedicated to supporting our students in their GCSE and IB Diploma level studies can be accessed here.
A blog dedicated to encouraging IB Theatre students to read more widely can be accessed here. This blog is also connected to an Asian edition published by the Drama department at KGV school in Hong Kong. This blog provides students in Europe with many opportunities to connect with theatre practices from the SE Asian region.
Sites for students
The IB Theatre Reading Room - A blog for IB Theatre students to dip in and out of.
The following aims are for all year groups:
- To explore the imaginative potential of the individual and the group.
- To communicate effectively through the medium of Drama and the creative arts.
- To develop individual and group awareness and sensitivity.
- To develop the capacity to trust and be trusted.
- To foster creativity and confidence.
- To foster problem-solving skills and encourage active learning.
- To enjoy and appreciate drama and theatre in all its forms.
There are numerous paths that a student of theatre can take other than acting. Many students who study the course at IB level find that their interest is also engaged in the technical elements of theatre such as lighting, sound, costume design or direction.
There are also jobs within the sphere of theatre and the larger world of media such as arts management at local or national level, artiste representation, television, radio and film, drama therapy, dramaturgy, and the courses benefit any individual considering a career where creativity and collaboration are required. Many students choose drama because they see the advantages of the social and presentational elements of the course.
Drama students tend to be inquisitive, perceptive, natural risk takers, and by the end of a course are confident speakers and will have worked with a great deal of responsibility both as members of an ensemble and as workshop leaders. Drama students study the human being, and as a result are comfortable with a range of situations, emotions and personality types. A high proportion of students find themselves in management positions in whatever career path they elect to follow.