King James' School

Drama

Head of Department: Mrs J Tighe

The Department (comprising three specialist staff) is incredibly dedicated and passionate about Drama and the valuable role it plays in shaping students’ creativity, confidence, communication and teamwork skills. We aim to inspire, encourage and challenge students to value themselves, their peers and be proud of the process and performance work that they produce. Students regularly experience opportunities to learn independently as well as part of small and large groups. There is great emphasis placed upon leadership skills which are developed both within curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. Peer- and self- assessment of learning is an integral part to the subject across all key stages.

Our challenging Key Stage 3 curriculum encompasses a range of skills, conventions and theatre styles so that students develop performance, leadership, creativity and communication skills. These skills are then further developed during Key Stage 4 where students may opt to take either the GCSE Drama course or the BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting). Students pursue a demanding and highly practical curriculum regardless of course choice. At Key Stage 5 students can continue their craft of theatre by selecting A2 Theatre Studies or BTEC National Diploma Performing Arts (Acting), which is equivalent to two A levels. The perception of the subject is very strong, and there is an outstanding sense of ethos. All of the courses offered within the Department are highly popular choices at both GCSE and A Level entry.

Staff
Teaching Staff:

Mrs J Tighe
Mr M Driver
Mr P Haughton