There are many opportunities for students to develop their performance skills and experience theatre and drama outside of the curriculum.
Whole School Productions – We regularly stage full-scale productions in conjunction with the music, art and media departments. Recent productions include Bugsy Malone, Grease, The Odyssey (also with some of our feeder primary schools) Dracula, and We Will Rock You (December 2012).
Arts Evenings – A showcase of the very best of students’ work from the Creative Arts Faculty – art, drama, music, photography – developed in curriculum time or as a result of extra-curricular activities.
Talent Shows and Celebration Evenings
Drama Clubs which usually work towards a performance project
Professional artists – students often have the opportunity to work with professional actors, directors or animateurs from theatre companies through workshops either in school or at an external venue.
For example, we organised a two hour workshop at the RSC education centre before seeing the production of Macbeth at the RSC theatre.
For the first time in July 2012 we took part in a RSC live webcast of ‘I Cinna the Poet’(from Julius Caesar). In response to the broadcast of the live performance students devised their own creative writing, some of which was posted on the RSC Education web-site.
The Leicester Comedy Festival – groups of our students have worked with a professional actor/director to devise their own material for performing at the city schools comedy festival at Regent College in February 2013.
Theatre Trips – A range of theatre trips are offered. Recently a group of students from Years 8-10 saw the National Theatre touring production of ‘One Man,Two Guvnors’ at Curve theatre in Leicester; Year 10 English and Drama students saw ‘Macbeth’ at the RSC; Year 10 and 11 Drama students watched a performance of the chilling ghost storyThe Woman in Black’ at Curve theatre.
Key Stage three assessment descriptors are attached below. The “learning pathway” (e.g. 8-9) indicates the likely GCSE grade that a student may expect at the end of year 11, based upon both their current attainment and year of study.