Welcome to the Drama Dept.
Nailsea School has a creative and experienced Drama department. We believe that it is important to give every the student the opportunity to experience Drama in a safe and collaborative environment and to offer them opportunities to develop their creative and technical skills both in lessons and through extra-curricular opportunities.
Drama is taught as a discrete subject to all KS3 students and is a popular option at GCSE and A Level.
At Key Stage Three students receive two lessons a fortnight. Through the practical study of Drama students develop performance, devising and design skills along with an understanding of the different roles in theatre. They also develop essential ‘soft’ skills preparing them for employment in all jobs.
In Year 10 students can opt to study GCSE Drama (AQA) and this consists of a practical assessments (including performance, devising or design) and a written examination (we currently study ‘The 39 Steps’). At A Level students can take Drama and Theatre Studies (AQA). This develops and extends the elements studied at GCSE level and students will study set texts and theatre practitioners which they will use in performance.
At both A Level and GCSE level students will have the opportunity to perform both their scripted and performance assessments in the auditorium. Full details of the specification can be found by clicking on the links.
Previous Drama and Theatre students have gone on to study Drama at a variety of universities and Drama schools with some students establishing successful careers in the industry. Other students have utilised the soft skills learnt and gone on to study degree courses at many of the top universities studying a wide variety of courses including English, Psychology, Law, Media Studies and Marketing.
It is widely recognised that Drama develops essential ‘soft’ skills and a recent survey of Russell Group Universities showed that a high percentage of Law students had studied Drama at A Level. Drama is one of a few subjects where students are assessed on their ability to work as part of a group – an essential skill in the majority of jobs in the 21st Century. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates and employees who ‘stand out’, who can offer something different and who have high degrees of emotional intelligence, communication skills and creativity.