The Drama department is made up of 3 dedicated and enthusiastic teachers. The Head of Department leads the department. All teachers in the department follow up-to-date and detailed schemes of work. The success of the department continues to grow as 100% of students achieved A*–D* in their BTEC Certificates (equivalent to 1 GCSE A*-C) in 2014, 100% for the second consecutive year.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 8 & 9 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. All year groups receive homework every other lesson, as is the policy at Whitcliffe. Students are taught in mixed set groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a baseline assessment on first taking drama and will receive three formal assessments a year.
Key Stage 4
Students in Years 10 & 11 receive five or six 60 minute lessons a fortnight. The two year BTEC course is taken with the Edexcel examination board (75% coursework 25% externally marked). Students are taught in mixed groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal practical assessments in class, as well as written coursework. A showcase of final performances for the public as part of BTEC practical work will be undertaken by both Year groups.
After School Clubs
There is a KS3 Drama Club for Year 7,8 and 9 on Mondays after school in DR01 2.45pm – 3.45pm.
Students from Year 10 and 11 are welcome to take part and help lead some of the activities. All students in the school can be involved in the school production. In February 2016 this will be ‘Addams Family Musical’
Students in Year 10 and 11 are encouraged to meet the Head of Department after school by arrangement to obtain help with coursework.
Theatre trips to both local venues and to London will be arranged during the year.
www.edecel.com/BTECFirst Performing Arts Student Guide
National Theatre Stop – Education
Drama in Schools – Arts Council England