To maintain and/or stimulate lasting pupil curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Drama. To create an atmosphere where pupils wish to learn, so that they come to enjoy Drama, because they are active participants in it, and where staff enjoy teaching, so they give of their very best. This will enable each pupil to achieve his/her potential in a variety of situations, using all available resources appropriately, to ensure the highest level of achievement for each pupil.
2.a) To enable pupils to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Drama.
2.b) By exposing pupils to a wide range of material (both literary and media) we aim to enable pupils to see Drama as:
- a major cultural feature;
- part of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
3.a) To enable pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as politeness, perseverance, initiative, confidence, individual awareness and group sensitivity.
3.b) To enable pupils to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities, so as Drama contributes to the development of core skills such as I.T., reading, writing and speaking.
4.a) To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils (irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin, academic ability, etc.) to have equal access to Drama and to experience success and enjoyment in their work.
4.b) To value each individual and so encourage each pupil to feel the value and worth of others. In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each pupil approaches issues of Race, Gender and Ability with tolerance and insight.
5.a) To develop an awareness in pupils of the implications of Drama (past and present) for the individual and the local, national and international communities.
5.b) To allow pupils to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments free from prejudicial intolerance.
5.c) To foster and encourage a lasting enjoyment and appreciation of dramatic literature from a variety of cultures and traditions
At KS3, the drama department explores the following key areas. We have one 50 minute per week.
Mime and Mask
In the Third and Forth Form, we also perform a full scale extra-curricular show in the summer term and the Remove perform a number of showcases in the Lent and Summer terms, show both devised and scripted work.
At GCSE, we study the Edexcel GCSE Drama course. This is composed of three components:
Component One (40%) – devising, assessed by your teacher, a public performance and written work. You can act or opt for Light, Sound, Costume and Make Up or Set Design.
Component Two (20%) – scripted performances of monologues/duologues and an extract from a play assessed by a visiting examiner. You can act or opt for Light, Sound, Costume and Make Up or Set Design.
Component Three (40%) – written examination last 90 minutes on a live theatre performance you have seen and set text that you will study as an actor, director, designer and technician.
The Drama Department teaches the Edexcel A Level specification. This is a two year linear course ie there is no AS level being offered. If you chose this option, you are committed to a two year course. All written examinations are taken at the end of the second year. Specification Overview
Component One: Creating Original Drama (40% of final grade)
- Devising drama
- Performing a devised piece
- Portfolio of devising process (30% of final grade)
- Performance (10% of final grade)
In the Junior and Senior School, there are a number of opportunities for students to act or take part in technical support roles in the Drama Centre. They include the Senior School Play, The English Play, The Scholars’ Play, the KS2 Play and the Junior School Play. Recent productions have included “Arabian Nights” (RSC Version), “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream”, “An Ideal Husband”, “Can’t Pay Won’t Pay” and “The Government Inspector”.
In addition to the extra-curricular shows we put on, we also visit London to see live theatre productions. Recent visits have included “The Curious Incident of the Boy in the Night-Time”, “The Royale” and “Much Ado About Nothings”. Theatre practitioners are also invited into the school to enrich students experience of puppetry and key stylists such as Le Coq, Grotowski, Brecht and Artaud. In addition to this, The department enjoys an excellent relationship with East 15 school of Acting and 2nd and 3rd year diploma/degree students showcase their devised work in the drama centre, giving Chigwell Students access to contemporary theatre before it shows at the Edinburgh Festival.