The Drama department is made up of 4 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 level 2 qualification in August 2018, with 75% achieving a Distinction*.
Key Stage 3
Students in Years 8 & 9 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. Students in Year 8 extend their studies through the Drama Knowledge Organiser and Year 9 students 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 (60% coursework 40% 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 Drama Club for Year 7,8 and 9 on Mondays after school in 035 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 whole school production (held in January/February each year), the Shakespeare Festival (held in October/November each year) and the House Drama Competition (held in April/May each year).
Students in Year 10 and 11 are encouraged to meet the Head of Department after school by arrangement to obtain help with coursework and to commit to the Achieve program.
Theatre trips to both local venues and to London will be arranged during the year.
National Theatre Stop – Education
Drama in Schools – Arts Council England