Drama and Theatre
The exuberant and thriving Drama department at Kingswood School offers pupils of all ages the opportunity to develop a passion for the theatre while also developing the soft skills necessary for all walks of life. Drama is taught as a discrete subject to all year groups and is a popular option at GCSE level and for A-Level.
The department also offers plenty of opportunities to take part in extra-curricular productions, workshops and trips. We regularly take pupils to local theatres and run regular trips to London and New York. We also receive professional theatre companies as visitors, and they both perform and run workshops for students on a wide variety of theatrical styles and topics.
The department consists of two full-time and one part-time fully qualified Drama teachers. We also employ a Drama Assistant (typically a theatre graduate) each year and are further supported by a full-time Theatre and Technical Manager.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, pupils receive two lessons a week. Through the practical study of Drama, we aim to help all pupils develop confidence, independence, organisational skills, resilience, empathy, communication skills and collaboration skills – to name but a few abilities!
In Year 10, pupils can opt to take AQA GCSE Drama, which consists of practical assessments and a written examination.
Throughout the year, GCSE and A-Level pupils perform both devised and scripted assessments in either the 366-seat theatre at Kingswood School or the fully equipped 'black box' drama studio. For some years, 100% of students have achieved an A*/A for their practical work and we are proud of the value added through a Drama qualification.
While some Drama and Theatre students have successfully auditioned for drama schools, most have used their drama skills to go on to study a wide variety of subjects at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. A full list of these students is available from the Drama department.
During term time the theatre has a busy programme of school events; however, outside term time the theatre is available for hire at competitive prices.
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