Head of Department: Mrs L Kibby
Faculty Staff: Mrs C Richards
Support Staff: Mr T Stuart
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5

We are a vibrant, caring, exciting and innovative department where students are challenged, achieve highly and enjoy a wide range of ‘creative’ experiences. Our primary aim for drama is to enable our students to develop their creative minds, become sensitive to the needs of others as well as communicate effectively.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

In Drama at St Gregory’s School, we aim to build confidence, form great relationships and promote excellent teamwork. Students will participate in performance, creating and responding to work they have seen both professionally and in lesson. They have a broad program of study which enhances both their knowledge of drama and dramatic skill and also gives them perspective of the wider world.

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
Puppets and Bullying
Dark wood manor
Terms 3 & 4
The Twits
Terms 5 & 6
Story Telling
Super Heroes

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Terms 3 & 4
Spears sports
Runaway Trial
Terms 5 & 6
Soap box
Treasure Island

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
Murder Mystery
Joy Riding
Terms 3 & 4
Reality TV
Terms 5 & 6
Blood Brothers
The Holocaust

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: GCSE Drama 8261
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama

Students can opt to study GCSE Drama at St Gregory’s School. The AQA GCSE Drama specification is followed. In Year 10, students explore complete practise assessments in both devising and scripted work. In Year 11, students study the work of Non-Naturalism, with assessments in monologues\duologues and devised performances. Practical coursework is performed live to an audience and examiner. Students then prepare for their final written examination based on scripted, devised and live theatre, which they have completed throughout the course.

Year 10

Terms 1 & 2
Blood Brothers
Terms 3 & 4
Written paper and introduction to the assessed devised unit.
Terms 5 & 6
Performance of devised work.

Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
Written paper, devising log and monologues.
Terms 3 & 4
Exam monologues

Terms 5 & 6
Written Exam

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Drama and Theatre Studies 7261
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama/a-level/drama-and-theatre-7261

Students can opt to study A Level Drama at St Gregory’s School. This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically and work on performances.

Students choose to develop as a: performer, designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets, director, combination of these. Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

For more information on this A Level course, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

The Drama Department is an integral part of the increasingly cross-collaborative nature of the Performing Arts Faculty, including recent projects with Science, Music, BTEC Performing Arts, Drama and Dance students. These culminate in large-scale productions performed in venues across Bath. LAMDA examinations are offered to all pupils with ‘Curtain Up’ Theatre Company as a peripatetic lesson individually or in pairs.

Our renowned School Productions take place throughout the academic year, including a large scale school musical in the Winter term and a KS3 production every summer. GCSE showcases and plays regularly take place throughout the year.  We also regularly participate in the BBC Shakespeare Schools Festival performing in professional venues ranging from The Egg Theatre in Bath and Bristol’s Tobacco Factory.

Drama is a valuable part of the outreach to the community, having led projects recently with local primary schools and Threeways School and our partner primary schools.

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