KEY STAGE 3 DRAMA & THEATRE STUDIES
Drama and Theatre Studies are part of the school’s curriculum at all levels and are seen as fundamental to the development of artistic, intellectual and social skills and attitudes of our students. In the context of TWGGS, the drama department seeks to provide a balance in the curriculum and to promote Theatre as an Art form as well as Drama as a learning strategy. In addition to staff directed public performances, older students lead extra-curricular activities. The Department also provides opportunities for pupils to work with Theatre professionals.
Drama Accommodation is provide in the form of a state-of-the-Art Performing Arts Centre, which comprises a versatile performance space with retractable seating for 144, an outdoor amphitheatre and two rehearsal rooms that are used as teaching spaces as well as doubling as dressing room and public foyer for performances.
KS3: Year 7 8 and 9 pupils currently receive one drama lesson every two weeks. The students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups of about 30 students, by either Drama or English specialists.
The skills gained in Drama increase confidence, creativity and self-expression. They encourage students to take responsibility for their work, develop evaluation skills and time management skills. Many are transferable and enable students to take a fuller role in school life and the community.
At KS3 work is largely practical in nature. We seek a balance between exploratory work and performance skills. Teachers offer students an opportunity for sharing, presentation and evaluation of practical work. There is no formal allocation of homework for Drama. Students are encouraged to become independent, self-motivated learners and a wide variety of resources are made available for them. Materials such as books and videos may be borrowed from the department.
- Year 7 Drama Club, run by the sixth form. Weekly meeting in Performing Arts centre on Monday, 3:40-4:40pm. Public performance in Spring term.
- Stagestruck, Year 8 drama club run by Junior Drama Prefects. Weekly meeting in PAC on Wednesday lunchtime. Public Studio performance near Christmas.
- Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival, March each year. Entries must be in by November. Coaching by Curriculum Leader at lunchtimes.
- School Play. Annual. Venue alternates between professional theatre and school. Large cast musicals, in collaboration with the Music Department, alternate with non-musical scripts. Previous productions include: The Tempest and The Government Inspector, Trinity Arts Centre, The Boyfriend, and Wacky Soap, at TWGGS. O! What A Lovely War! And The Witches at Victoria Hall, Southborough.
- Year 8 Shakespeare Festival. Arising from curriculum work and collaboration between English and drama departments. February each year. Outside adjudicator, cup awarded.
- Year 9 Drama Festival. Arising from curriculum work and collaboration between English and drama departments. July each year. Outside adjudicator, cup awarded.
- Theatre Visits. Historically about 3 per term, across all key stages.
Also see related pages: Academic Curriculum