“Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. Through it, ideas, responses and feelings can be expressed and communicated.
It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change”.
Jude Kelly (Theatre Director and founder of Metal)
Drama is popular and vibrant at Haygrove School with pupils from Year 7 to Year 11 studying the subject as both a practical and an academic discipline. Lessons are designed to promote imagination and creativity within a structured framework.
Drama is a life skill and a creative art form. It helps pupils develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in acting, mime, dance drama and improvisation. They can express and manage their thoughts and feelings – shared and experienced – while working in a safe and controlled environment. The development of these skills encourages self confidence and self awareness. It promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved and decisions made together.
The Drama curriculum at Key Stage 3 enables pupils to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts which will help them make sense of reality. Every pupil has the equivalent of one hour per week for Drama in Years 7 and 8. In Year 9, Music, Drama and Art operate a carousel where there are two lessons per week over a shorter period of time.
Students opting to take drama as a GCSE will have the opportunity to complete the following work:
- Create their own devised performance from a stimulus.
- Document creating practical work and explain the thought process behind their ideas.
- Perform a piece from a text; perhaps as a monologue, duologue or in a group.
- Study a text to then write about the perceptive of an actor, director or set designer.
- Watch, analysis and evaluate live theatre.
Listen to our Year 9 students perform short reflections on the 2020 Lockdown.
Watch our 'Behind the Scenes' video from our 2019 production of Aladdin and Matilda
We have a dedicated drama studio that is fully rigged for sound and light and we also use the school hall, which is equipped with flexible staging, lighting and sound equipment, for performances.
"The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy." Meryl Streep, Hollywood actor
Find out about our LAMDA provision here.
Find out about extra curricular Drama here.
Key Stage 4 Options
- GCSE Drama (Edexcel)
"The most valuable asset a nation has is the creativity of its children" Alan Plater (playwrite)
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on." Albert Einstein, Scientist
"The arts are highly valued by the school, prized for the self-confidence
and esteem they engender and for the way in which they contribute to
communication and positive behaviour."
ARTSMARK (March 2015)