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The Drama department at Greenshaw offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, fostering a sense of enjoyment in the creative process involved in making and creating Drama. The study of Drama at Greenshaw enables students to develop their communication skills, self esteem and confidence whilst using Drama to explore a range of genre, historical periods and performance styles. It is a powerful learning medium which prepares students for life beyond the classroom.
Students in Year 7 have an hour per week and in Year 8 students apply to be involved in the period 6 Drama lessons. This enables students to develop the necessary skills and then opt to continue in their studies of this subject.
Drama becomes an option subject in Year 9 where students study GCSE Drama using the Edexcel specification. The specification encourages students to develop a personal interest in the subject and consider the wider implications that Drama has within society. Students are expected to work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas.
Drama gives pupils the opportunity to develop practical, artistic, technical, administrative and recreational skills within its framework. The study of Drama encourages pupils to develop and refine artistic, aesthetic, historical, literary, cultural and moral judgements through a wide range of dramatic experiences.
Drama is also an A level subject and offers students the opportunity to study at advanced level both performance and design elements of the course and the ability to theorize as a practitioner of the Art form. Students develop their own understanding of the subject and begin to formulate their own personalised style of performance and direction.
Students are encouraged to attend as many theatrical performances as they can; not only for the purposes of their studies, but also to inform their own learning and contextualise the work that they create in the classroom.
In addition the department also offers a range of extra curricular opportunities targeted to support the whole school curriculum and extend and challenge students on the GCSE and Advanced level course.
Teacher of Drama - Miss S Pierce
Director of Creative Arts (In charge of Drama) - Mr S Butcher