Drama is a creative subject that provides students with performance skills and confidence. In years 7 and 8, drama is studied for one 50-minute lesson and with a focus on acting, communication, collaboration, and interpersonal skills. The subject offers the opportunity to enhance critical thinking and explore literacy practically. Students will develop vocal projection, characterisation, spatial awareness, movement, and gain knowledge of different styles and genres of theatre. Drama develops confidence and public speaking.
Key Stage 4 Drama is a three-year programme from years 9 to 11. The department uses The Welsh Board for GCSE. The course is assessed in two units and a final written exam. A more detailed understanding of theatre is established during this time, including the study of stage design, lighting engineering, prominent theatre practitioners of the 21st Century and in-depth acting methodology. GCSE drama students also take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as musicals, plays and touring productions. The subject can lead to professions in acting, radio, film and television, law, script writing and journalism.