Drama is a popular subject at OSA with many students opting to study GCSE and A level. Drama develops students’ creativity and instils them with the confidence needed to take risks in their work as well as supporting their presentation skills for other areas of the curriculum.
Drama is part of the Creative Arts faculty and is housed in two Drama Studios. We are now also able to make use of the Theatre in the Reuben building, where students are able to give their work a sense of formality and develop the professional skills associated with all areas of creating a performance.
Year 7 students focus on developing skills in movement and voice as well as building confidence in performing and creative group work skills. They study improvisation, devising and scripted units and have the opportunity to perform to their peers regularly. This enables the students to learn to give and respond to feedback, as well as giving their work a sense of purpose and development. Students are encouraged to bring their own ideas to the work that they do and to think beyond what is introduced within the lesson.
Year 8 students follow a curriculum that leads towards the GCSE course. They work on more detailed use of dramatic technique and on drawing these skills together to create the maximum impact for their audiences. Students also work on monologues in Year 8, giving them the opportunity to fine tune both skill and confidence in a performance situation.
We follow the Edexcel GCSE specification. There are 134 students currently studying GCSE drama across Years 9 – 11. Students on the new specification, work on a devised performance, detailing their journey through the process as either written or spoken coursework. They also perform two sections from a published script, for an external examiner to watch, and write about a play we have studied on a practical basis and live theatre for their final written exam paper. The course draws together the practical and theoretical elements of drama and theatre, to give the students a complete experience of the creative process in this field.
Level 3 BTECs and ‘A’ Levels
We follow the Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies specification. The course focuses on interpretation of play texts, analysis and adaptation for the stage, evaluation of live performances and the study of set texts in the light of practitioners, directorial skill and rehearsal technique. It is assessed through both written and practical exams (external examiners) and controlled assessment – both practical and written.
House Drama and House Music and Dance, Pantomime (Cinderella for 2016), Senior Drama Evening and a KS3 showcase of work (Bugsey Malone was our most recent).
Our extra curricular work offers students the opportunity to develop beyond the school curriculum and find talents and skills they often doubted in themselves. It is in this field where we often see students develop crucial life skills and confidence that impact on their work in all areas of school life and provide memorable experiences and lasting friendships.