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The Drama department at Tring School has a long tradition of excellence in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. Averaging seven public performances per year, the department is committed to student achievement and community involvement. The purpose built drama studios at Tring School provide an excellent setting for lessons and rehearsals.
With the phenomenal successes of recent productions at nearby Pendley Court Theatre the department has a tried and tested formula to ensure all students gain a varied and valuable theatre experience both on stage and behind the scenes.
The department has a high intake of students at Key Stage 4 and 5; taking between 60 and 80 for the GCSE and 20 to 35 at A-Level.
The exam results are consistently excellent, with the vast majority of our students achieving A* - B by the end of Year 13.
Key Stage 3
Drama is taught at Tring School as a discreet subject at Key Stage 3. There is one lesson per fortnight for years 7 and 8 and one per week in year 9.
At Key Stage 3 the department aims to give a good basis of knowledge in preparation for the GCSE course. Students should become more confident in:
Discussing and exploring stimuli,
Rehearsing and developing practical work,
Evaluating the work of others.
The course also gives students the opportunity to:
Build self confidence
To aid and encourage the students during Drama lessons, the department has a unique rewards policy which is implemented in every Year 7—9 lesson. The students work to achieve ‘plus-marks’ which accumulate throughout the KS3 course. These plus-marks entitle students to
awards, postcards home and Drama certificates (bronze—platinum). These plus-marks are awarded for excellent class contribution, well-focussed practical work, creativity, productive development work and excellent evaluation among other things. Along with the plus marks, the department also nominate pupils in KS3 for the coveted ‘Drama Star Pupil’ Award. This much-sought-after prize is given for outstanding work across each half-term period and includes a personal congratulations letter home to parents, a certificate of stardom, their names on the Drama ‘Role of Honour’ notice board and the admiration and respect of their peers!
Key Stage 4
Drama is a very popular subject at GCSE. We follow the Edexcel Drama course, studying one theme and one play text in detail before beginning the hugely popular, yet time-consuming devising project.
The students have the opportunity at KS4 to attend a number of Theatre trips, including the compulsory visit to Pendley Court Theatre to see the school play in Year 10 and a visit in Year 11 to another Theatre in preparation for their final piece of coursework; the live theatre response. This year’s Year 11 classes enjoyed a trip to ‘The Lyric’ in Hammersmith to see Punk Rock. They are studying Stephen Berkoff’s Metamorphosis as their text for paper 1.
Key Stage 5
Drama is also a popular A level option. There are currently three A/S level groups in Year 12 and two A2 level groups in Year 13. In Key Stage 5 we follow the 4 units of the Edexcel course. During this course, students study a number of theatre practitioners including Stanislavski, Brecht, Beckett and Berkoff. They are also expected to study two play texts in detail (including producing written essays showing research and understanding); perform, direct, or design a specially adapted play to a public audience; study a performance they have seen; perform or design a monologue or duologue (with research into the context of the piece) and research the history of a Shakespearian play in its original conditions compared to a present-day production. In preparation for this research, the students are taken to ‘The Globe’ in London for a tour and exploration of the theatre museum.
Despite the stresses and work load inherent within the course, the students always have a positive attitude to their work and much of the subject’s popularity is due to A-Level students advising future learners to continue their studies in Drama:
“The A2 course has been fun and an experience. It has helped me to see theatre from very different views/aspects.”
“I have developed more group skills and more confidence to express my views independently and in a group.”
(Quotes taken from Year 13 evaluations completed at end of course.)
Activities that relate to drama are often used in other areas of the curriculum. Equally, the Drama department aim to support the learning of our students in other subjects through the topics we teach.
Since Tring School gained Humanities College status, we have rewritten a number of KS3 schemes to support the humanities subjects more closely. In one topic in Year 7 the students consider the effects of bullying through exploring picture stimuli and also study this topic in Life Skills; in Year 8 the students study ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and 'Our Day Out' in both English and Drama and in Year 9 we support the English department in their teaching of the SATs text. Toward the end of Year 9 the students take part in a cross-curricular project during their Drama lessons. During this project the students write, direct, design, compose and produce a performance from scratch. In teaching these topics in this way, the students acquire a greater empathy and awareness of the implications of events and decisions.
The study of Drama also aids the students’ progress when developing their key skills in preparation for working life. At Tring School, the Drama department aim to encourage this development through focus on four of the key skills inherent within a Drama syllabus:
||Working with others
||Improving own learning and performance.
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We aspire to give our students as much experience as possible in order to aid them in their progression through the drama syllabus. Our extra-curricular timetable is created with this in mind.
Some of our Drama Clubs are taken by 6th form students where the shared knowledge improves the community atmosphere of the department as well as sharing responsibility of students’ learning. We also have strong links with Watford Palace Theatre, and frequently organise director’s and designer’s workshops to compliment the productions we see there.
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| Year 9 - Monday lunchtime
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