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Drama

“Drama education uses the art form of drama as an educational pedagogy for students of all ages. It incorporates elements of an actor’s training to facilitate the students’ physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. It is a multisensory mode of learning designed to:

  • Increase awareness of self (mind, body and voice) and other (collaboration and empathy);
  • Improve clarity and creativity in communication of verbal and non-verbal ideas; and
  • Deepen understanding of human behaviour, motivation, diversity, culture, and history.

It also employs the elements of theatre – costumes, props, scenery, lighting, music and sound – to enrich the learning experience, re-enact stories, and mount productions. Students gain experience in the various roles of actor, director, write, designer, and audience member.

Drama education encompasses related disciplines and art forms such as pantomime, clowning, drama games, storytelling, radio drama, melodrama, puppetry, improvisation, mask theatre, media, public speaking, playwriting, directing, and play productions.”

 – Basom, 2005

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The Drama Department at KAA provides every student with a consistently outstanding education in drama. We give every student the opportunity to develop as an actor, director, stage manager and stage designer to such a level as to have the genuine option to study the arts at University or follow a career in television, film or theatre.

Working backwards from KS4/5 the students’ drama curriculum has embedded the skills and knowledge that will not only enable them to successfully achieve highly in examinations but also enable them to confidently articulate what makes effective theatre. The foundation skills that Year 7s develop will ensure that they are able to achieve excellence in GCSE and A Level Drama. We believe that our programme of study will develop confident and enthusiastic drama students, with a passion for the subject. Te aim is for all students to have the self-esteem and confidence to perform.

Year 7 Curriculum 

The foundation skills that Year 7s will develop will ensure that they are able to achieve excellence in GCSE and A Level Drama. We believe that our programme of study will develop confident and enthusiastic drama students, with a passion for the subject. The aim is for all students to have the self-esteem and confidence to perform.

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Year 8 Curriculum 

The foundation skills that were explored in Year 7 will be built upon in Year 8 and a higher level standard of performance and evaluation will be at the core of the Year 8 curriculum. This will continue to ensure that they are able to achieve excellence in GCSE and A Level Drama. We believe that our programme of study will develop confident and enthusiastic drama students, with a passion for the subject. The aim is for all students to have the self-esteem and confidence to perform.

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Year 9 Curriculum

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ASC_0554How can I support my child?

  • The best way to research and improve in theatre education is to attend drama workshops, read scripts and watch plenty of plays – either live or online
  • Encourage your child to read plays from the academy library
  • Support your child in the use of BBC Bitesize and Edexcel Drama revision guides

Drama Teachers

Mr Kavanagh- Head of Drama

Miss Gurnell