Drama at Moreton is highly valued by staff and students and comprises part of the curriculum for all Year 7 and 8 students. Drama is offered in Year 9 up to Post 16 as an optional subject and is available as an option to be studied at GCSE and A-Level. Lessons take place in a fully equipped Drama studio which really enhances performance due to the professional environment. For larger scale performances the theatre is also an excellent resource that is available to the Drama department.
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum comprises of a variety of schemes of work that allow students to develop essential skills such as:
• Performance skills
• Teamwork skills
• Thinking skills
• Evaluative skills
• Communication skills
• Knowledge of different theatre movements
• Knowledge of different eras of theatre
With recent changes to the curriculum at GCSE and A Level, there is now a much wider focus on skills and the development of knowledge in Drama. Therefore, each scheme of work that students study in year 7 and 8 has a GCSE assessment focus which will prepare our students as best as they can before they choose it as a potential option in year 9.
There are a number of opportunities for students to attend extra-curricular activities in Drama, including lunch time classes, school productions and external visits to see live theatre around the country. As a department, there is a great deal of importance placed on students watching good quality drama, particularly in Key Stage 4 and 5 and recent visits have included trips to the Birmingham Rep Theatre, the Lowry in Manchester and the Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
In 2017, 100% of GCSE Drama student passed the course, with half of them achieving an A*-C grade. Many of the students in las year’s Drama cohort achieved grade A’s in their final examinations.
Many of our ex-drama students have gone on to embark on higher education and/or careers in the creative industries, teaching and drama school training. If you would like to find out more about this, please see Miss Bryan or Mrs Gavin for more information
Drama Teaching Staff
Mr J. Mills – Head of Subject
Miss T. Bryan – Teacher of Drama
Drama Support Staff
Mr. I. Cartwright – Drama Technician