Claremont’s Drama department aims to provide lessons that enthuse, engage and challenge all students.
Through their studies, students will explore a range of performance styles and genres using a variety of stimuli. Students will work in mixed groups in all lessons and when working towards assessments. They will develop and build the key skills which are necessary to progress through the three key stages. Students will be encouraged to become increasingly more creative in the work they create and perform, taking greater ownership and becoming successful independent learners.
Studies in this subject area are not only about developing performance skills. They also develop important life skills that all students will need in their futures - whatever area of study or work they choose to pursue.
- Time management
Drama Recovery Curriculum
Steps the Drama Department are taking to support our students from September 2020
In order to recover from the extended school closure, we have developed key stage specific plans to help support pupils return to school and their drama education.
The plans for a recovery curriculum have been carefully considered to support pupils wellbeing when returning to school after an extended time away from the classroom. The plans also create opportunities for the pupils to work creatively, express themselves and continue to develop collaborative skills through a rich and diverse drama curriculum.
We will be working to close gaps in pupils knowledge and progress over a period of time.
You can find more details on the 2020/21 drama plans, by clicking on the link below:
Programmes of Study in Drama (KS3 - KS5)
Students in KS3 receive one curriculum lessons per week.
Students in KS4 and KS5 who have opted for Drama as a GCSE or A-Level option, will follow the AQA specification.
Please click on the links below to access information regarding the Programmes of Study for each Key Stage:
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
Key Stage 5 (A-Level)
We study the AQA GCSE and A-Level Drama and Theatre syllabus. Please see links below:
Drama Department Staff
The Drama and Performing Arts Department currently consists of three specialist teachers and a full time A/V Technical Manager:
Mr A Lipman: Head of Drama
Miss C Oakley: Teacher of Drama/ PPM Year 13
Ms M Woolford: Teacher of Drama/ Senior PPM KS3
Mr M Nguyen: A/V Technical Manager
Drama and Performing Arts lessons are taught in three performance spaces that are suited to the delivery of the different areas within the subjects:
- The Main Hall
- The Arts Hall
- The Tabard Theatre
The Drama department delivers diverse and rich extra-curricular opportunities across all key stages. Many students from across the school take part and enjoy these activities, expanding their skills, passion and enthusiasm for the arts.
The department delivers weekly dance and drama clubs as well as calendared events across the academic year.
- KS3 Performing Arts club
- Dance Club
- Technical Theatre Club
- Senior Drama Club (KS4 - KS5)
Annual Calendared Events:
- KS3 Lower School Musical
- RUSH Dance Showcase
as well as many other exciting opportunities.
Previous school productions have included:
Fame Jr (2019)
Mary Poppins Jr (2018)
Arabian Nights (2018)
Singing in the Rain (2017)
We will Rock You (2015)
All students also have access to a wide range of theatre trips and workshops, throughout the course of the academic year.
Previous trips have included:
Matilda, The Lion King, Everybody's talking about Jamie, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Frankenstein.
Previous in school/virtual workshops have included:
Greek Theatre, Frantic Assembly Physical Theatre, Stage Combat, Pro's from the shows dance workshop, Theatre Centre Young Writers Course, Willy Russell live interview.
EXTRA CURRICULAR PERFORMING ARTS GALLERY