Key Stage 3
In Year 7 & 8 students have one lesson of Drama a week. Drama is an inclusive subject which is accessible and for all students, regardless of ability or experience providing students with opportunities to share and develop performance skills, confidence and social integration. Students will build up a strong base of drama skills and techniques used in performance as well as have the opportunity to explore and operate aspects of technical theatre. Students are assessed on their development and performance skills every semester.
At The Petchey Academy, Drama lessons give the students the opportunity to work creatively and collectively amongst their peers. We provide all students with a positive environment of trust and respect where every student has an equal opportunity to participate and succeed in their work.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE course in Year 9-11 allows for students to creatively express themselves though performance. Gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of theatre practitioners and performance styles. They will regularly visit the theatre to help them understand the power of performance.
Our subject area has many links with professional arts companies such as the BBC, The Barbican, Synergy Theatre Project, The National Theatre, Punchdrunk and The Almeida all of which offer exciting opportunities for our students. Recent theatre trips have included: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Little Revolution, Titus Andronicus, and The Drowned Man.
At all ages and stages, students develop confidence and vital social skills to prepare them for life in and beyond The Petchey Academy.
Key Stage 5
The A Level Drama and Theatre Studies programme is specifically designed to provide an opportunity to study plays from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and informed audience member. The qualification is designed to enable students to acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as develop their performing and analytical skills. Students will understand how to use research and analysis; independence of thought and interpretation; creativity; working as part of a team; managing deadlines; self-organisation; self-confidence; the ability to reflect on their own learning and being able to take a leading role in their own studies. These skills will not only equip the students for life ahead but will also act as a bridge to cross the daunting gap that many students have between school and university.