Taught by teachers who are specialists in their subject.
Lots of exciting co-curricular opportunities for all years.
Many past students have gone on to successful acting careers.
An emphasis on building confidence,working as a group and having fun.
Pupils are encouraged to use and develop their communication and social skills as well as how to present themselves confidently through performance work.
Key Stage 3
Pupils explore a variety of subjects that cover topical issues, historical subjects and events, and cultural, social and moral issues.
All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 have a separate double lesson of Drama per week, encouraging them to use and develop their communication and social skills as well as how to present themselves confidently through performance work.
Extra-curricular opportunities are offered through Drama clubs in the Lent and Trinity term and the chance to participate in Year Group productions.
Year 7 topics
- The Trojan Horse – Mime, movement and gesture.
- The Quest – exploring tension, conflict and narrative.
- Developing Drama Skills – Structuring Drama, Voice work, Lighting and Sound
- The Journey to Oregon in 1840
- The Tempest
- The Jabberwock
Year 8 topics
- ‘Jo’ – topic looking at teenage pressures
- Victorian Workhouse
- Spontaneous Improvisation and Status
- Reportage : Theatrical Staging Forms, Text and Performance Work
- Building A Character
- Scripted work/Abstract theatre
Year 9 topics
- A Family at War
- ‘Making A Stand’ – historical and political figures
- Symbolism in Drama – including Text Work
- Approaching Monologue work
- Presenting Yourself – learning specific presentation skills to build confidence.
- Devising from a stimulus (this module leads to a year group presentation).
GCSE – Drama and Theatre Arts
We follow the Edexcel course, which gives opportunities for pupils to explore Drama as a performer, director, designer and critic.
The course will stretch and challenge pupils, but will also equip them with many skills, which are valuable beyond Drama, and indeed, beyond school. Pupils will learn to communicate, work independently, and to think critically and objectively. Drama pupils tend to be motivated, ambitious for themselves and others, able to empathise, and good team players.
Component 1: Devising from a stimulus
You will create a devised performance from a given stimulus. You will then analyse and evaluate your work by creating a portfolio of evidence. You can also opt to be assessed on a technical option such as costume design, lighting or sound.
Your portfolio must be between 1500-2000 words.
Component 2: Performance from text
You will perform 2 key extracts from a performance text as part of a group. You can also opt to be assessed on a technical option such as costume design, lighting or sound.
This will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
Component 3: Written exam
You will practically study and perform a text, to be confirmed. You will then answer an exam question based on the play.
You will also write an evaluation of a live theatre performance under timed exam conditions.
A Level Drama will challenge you, stretch you, and ask more of you than many other subjects, but it will also be hugely fulfilling and rewarding, and fun!
The course we follow is the Edexcel Specification. This course offers a wide variety of opportunities for you to play to your individual strengths, whether as a performer, designer, critic or all three.
You will develop skills in collaboration, writing concisely and in detail, communication, analysis and research, in addition to experiencing the roles of actor, designer, director and theatre critic. You will become more confident and secure in the creative process, and will be able to explore your own particular areas of interest. Past Drama students have gone onto a huge variety of degree courses and careers; many find they excel due to the skills they have honed which give them confidence, and a breadth of experience.
The course consists of three components. One of these will be examined in Year 12; the others in Year 13. All components link, and the skills you explore and develop will complement each other.
Component 1: Devising
Coursework, 40% of A level, 80 marks
You will devise an original piece of Drama, using one key extract from a text and one practitioner as a stimulus. You may act as performer or designer.
Assessment is internal. Marks are awarded for your portfolio (60 marks) and the practical devising (20 marks).
Component 2: Text in Performance
Coursework, 20% of A level, 60 marks
You will perform or design for a monologue/duologue and a group piece, of two key extracts from two different performance texts.
Assessment is external. Marks are awarded separately for the group piece (36 marks) and for the mono/duo (24 marks).
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written Examination (2 hours 30 minutes), 40% of A level, 80 marks
You will answer questions on:
Section A (20 marks): One question on a live theatre production. You may bring in 500 words of notes.
Section B (36 marks): Two questions on a set text, focusing on how this might be realised in performance. The extract is provided.
Section C (24 marks): One question on a second set text, focusing on your own ideas for a production in the light of a practitioner. You may take in a copy of the text.
Supporting Advanced Performance
The Advanced Performance Team, led by our Director of Studies, seeks to advise staff on how we – as a teaching body – can identify, monitor and experientially enhance the educational opportunities of able, gifted and talented pupils at Lincoln Minster School.
How do we cater for AP students in Drama?
We are proud of the inclusivity of Drama; all students, regardless of ability, should be able to enjoy Drama lessons and gain skills and confidence which are transferable. However, we are always aware of the needs of those students who are identified as having a particular ability in Drama, whether it is as a performer, designer or technician.
Such ability transcends academic achievement; we currently have students on the Advanced Performance register ranging from those who may have Learning Support elsewhere, to those who excel across the board. We are aware that talent might present itself in Year 7, but it is also often present in more reserved students, who need time to gain confidence before a particular flair or aptitude becomes apparent. The success of this ethos is apparent in our exam work and in our Productions, where the standard is extremely high and a result of the work which begins when a child enters the Senior School.
Encouraging Advanced Performance outside of lessons
We have a number of exciting co-curricular opportunities available for pupils:
- Year 7 / 8: drama clubs leading to performance in the Trinity Term
- Year 10: GCSE Drama project – Shakespeare Schools Festival. Year 10 GCSE production in Trinity Term.
- Year 10 & 11: workshops arranged to foster an interest in lighting, sound and set design.
- Year 12 /13: senior production – this is primarily for Senior students, but we often give AP pupils from lower years the opportunity to take a small role.
- Years 10 & 11: dance club
- Year 11: technical theatre enrichment activity.
- Years 6-11: Drama Summer School – this takes place in the first week of the Summer Holidays. Forty places are available and the pupils put on a play in a week, which is written especially for them by the Head of Drama.
Other possibilities to extend and foster a child’s interest in Drama
- Year 9: whole year group project in conjunction with Music, leading to presentation.
- Drama Scholarships for Year 11 and Sixth form entry may be offered at the recommendation of the Head of Drama and at the discretion of the Headmaster.
- Theatre trips at evenings and weekends are offered to pupils from Years 10 – 13.
- We have excellent links with Lincoln Drill Hall and are able to offer professional support for those interested in technical aspects of Drama.
Beyond Lincoln Minster School
Students of A Level Drama have consistently gained place at Oxbridge and the Russell Group universities.
It is also worth noting that almost every Head Pupil for the last ten years has been a Drama student at GCSE or A Level, or both! They are often amongst the most confident, creative and independently minded students, and this is also a valuable skill to take to university and beyond.
In an increasingly competitive Higher Education market and workplace, universities and employers are not only looking for impressive grades, but also subjects which demonstrate a student’s versatility and a greater breadth of skill, interest and confidence.
As a varied discipline, Drama is recognised as excellent preparation for a wide range of degrees and careers.
Drama teaches many transferable skills: confidence, teamwork, technology, essay writing, analysis and more.
Drama can also help to refine time management and organisational skills as well as boosting confidence and social skills.