The study of drama is highly enjoyable and is greatly beneficial to students who gain a deeper cultural knowledge and confidence alongside improving their creativity, communication and collaboration skills.
The Drama department at KSCS is a lively and energetic place, with opportunities to develop skills in many areas of performance. We work hard to ensure that all pupils have the freedom to express their creative talents in an environment where they feel safe, included, and respected. Our curriculum has been designed to develop key performance skills through a variety of topics which link to other subject areas such as History, Citizenship, English, Science, PSHE and of course other performing arts.
All students are taught Drama lessons every week in Years 7 and 8. In year 9 they are on rotation and will spend 2 terms learning drama. These lessons are designed to develop confidence and performance ability through a range of topics chosen to make pupils aware of the world around them. This will also prepare students with the vital skills needed to extend their learning into GCSE.
At Key Stage 4 students are taught 3 lessons of Drama every week. During this time, pupils will participate in a range of devised and scripted performances. We also run trips to theatres to give students the opportunity to experience live professional performances on a regular basis.
Students wishing to take Drama in KS5 can opt to choose our A Level Drama and Theatre Studies course. Here students will study practitioners such as Brecht, Artaud, and Stanislavski, as well as contemporary performance styles; most notably the work of Frantic Assembly, Kneehigh and Punchdrunk. From these experiences, students will create their own performances based on the skills and techniques they have learnt. During this time students will also analyse plays from playwrights including Chekhov, Brecht, and Ibsen. We continue to make theatre visits in KS5.
The department also puts on an annual production, open to all students. Our productions have received much praise for the standard of the performances and the professionalism of the performers. Recently our productions of Grease, We Will Rock You and 13:The Musical have left audiences amazed by the level of talent and skill demonstrated by the students at KSCS. Last year KSCS students performed the school’s first full length Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.