Drama is an exciting, academic and practical subject, which encourages enquiry in other areas of the curriculum, from literature to philosophy, history to modern languages, science to PSHE.

Popular with all students, drama is a collaborative subject, which seeks to build interpersonal skills such as leadership and team loyalty, whilst also developing oracy, the ability to analyse and a keen understanding of the form, language and meaning of performance. Results in Drama are consistently above the national average.

“Learning to Learn” is central to Drama. “Every Child Matters” is not a platitude at Newton Abbot College. Visual, aural and kinesthetic learners can flourish in an atmosphere of structure and achievement. Teacher and self-assessment, emotional intelligence, literacy, academia and student extension are integral to our philosophy. We regularly set targets, assess progress and aim to challenge all our students.

The skills learned in Drama are transferable and are essential in the world of work. Newton Abbot College values Drama on many levels, especially as it supports the emotional, mental, intellectual and creative growth of a young person.

Year 7 & 8

We develop collaborative work based clearly on the assessment objectives used at GCSE/BTEC and A Level to set the highest standards from the outset. Our initial work promotes confidence, fluency and inquiry. All students study Drama in year 7 and 8. Schemes of Learning are varied, with the aim of enhancing literacy, oracy, target setting and personal progress. Drama is perceived as an academic subject and the department prides itself on challenging students and pushing them to the highest possible standards right from Year 7. Shakespeare is taught in all year groups and is a fundamental building block in Year 7 to inspire a love for acting, language and academic rigour. A variety of genres are explored in all year groups. Drama is a popular and rewarding subject where confidence building, social skills, team skills, presentation skills, leadership skills and creative exploration are carried out in a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Year 9

This year marks the beginning of the BTEC foundation year; practical and written work is keenly challenging and students’ work becomes more sophisticated and eclectic. Work includes:

  • Psychodrama;
  • ‘Othello’;
  • Monologues and audition work;
  • Crime and Punishment;
  • Hillsborough;
  • Group ensemble work;
  • Devising from a stimulus.

Year 10 & 11

Acting skills

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance. Practitioners include: Frantic Assembly, Bertolt Brecht and Steven Berkoff.

Component 2
: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting. Learners will interpret and apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance and review their own practice in detail.

Component 3
: Performing to a Brief
The exam board will set learners a brief that they must interpret and respond creatively to. Learners will be working towards a final workshop performance whilst reviewing, reflecting and evaluating on the whole devising process and learning journey.

The brief is set in February of their final year.

The focus of all our work is based on unconditional mutual positive regard and respect for everyone to succeed to the best of their ability! We firmly believe that:

“A school without Drama is a school without a soul” (Peter Miller )
“Imagine what’s possible…”
“In Drama anything is possible!”

Where Can I Find Out More?

Point of contact:

Sharon Godfrey

Team Leader of Drama

Contact Sharon Godfrey who looks after this Drama course on:

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