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Drama at East Bergholt high School is taught throughout Key Stage 3 and offered as an option at Key Stage 4.  It is an opportunity to investigate, to reflect, to create and to express.  The ethos of the department is one of participation and exploration; students quickly become used to a pattern of creating, sharing, reflecting on and refining work in which everyone is involved.

Key Stage 3
Lessons throughout Key Stage 3 provide students with a safe environment in which to develop their confidence and communication skills; to hone their ability to work effectively with others; to work independently.

Drama allows students to find interesting stories and to tell interesting stories; stories that invite us to reflect on and learn about ourselves, others and our place in the world; whilst considering the language of theatre; its role and its purpose.

Key Stage 4
Drama GCSE (Edexcel) is available at Key Stage 4.  Students are currently assessed over three units which we complete in Year 11.  The aims of the course are that students will:

  • develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by pursuing a broad, coherent and satisfying course of study
  • work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
  • consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
  • develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
  • There is a great deal of curricular and extra-curricular performing arts work going on across the school (whole school productions; clubs; workshops and projects within and beyond the curriculum), and the department enjoys excellent collaborative relationships with other curriculum areas and pastoral teams.  Innovation by and development of the department is supported by the senior Leadership. 

    Ms A Aylett, Leader of Drama 

    GCSE Drama performances