Who we are
Mrs N. Goddard
Miss D. Nelson
Mr L. Wickenden
At Kings the Performing Arts department are passionate about making the Arts accessible for all and passing on not only our passion for our individual art forms but also the transferable skills so desired by employers and universities. We encourage and model creative thinking, the pushing of boundaries and originality - mirrored in our student and devised school productions. We create space for our young people to explore and improvise in a safe, enjoyable and creative environment.
In Year 7, students will have an introduction to Drama covering team work and collaboration, basic dramatic devices and performance skills. They will also complete a baseline assessment. They will then complete a physical unit on Silent Movies and an introduction to ensemble work through Greek Theatre.
In Year 8 students will complete the following units of work:
‘Hard to Swallow’ – Mark Wheeller
Theatre Performance Evaluation
In Year 9 students will complete the following units of work:
Monologues and Character
‘Blood Brothers’ – Willy Russell
Dramatic Tension and Gothic Theatre
Examination Board: OCR
Specification Code J316
This course is an enjoyable and practical approach to Drama, with the emphasis on practical work. It allows learners to improve their performance skills, by creating their own work and preparing existing texts for performance.
Course summary for GCSE Drama:
There are 3 units in the course;
Unit 1: Presenting and Performing Texts. (30%) Explore the historical and cultural aspects of a published text and how it can be brought to life for an audience. Students will present performances from two different texts.
Unit 2: Devising Drama (30%). Explore the key principles and concepts of devising a piece of drama from stimulus material.
Unit 3:- Written exam lasting 1 hour and 30 assessing students responses and understanding of a live performance (The Woman in Black) and questions on a set text (Blood Brothers) which will be studies as part of the course.
Students enjoy Drama at Kings International, and this is reflected in the results.
2012 – 14 students, 94% A* - C (including 8 A grades). 2014 22 students, 45% A*-A (national average is 19%) 2015 100% A*-C. 2016 89% A*-C (national average 70%) with 33% A*-A (national average 19%)