All the world’s a stage - and at Westbourne w aim to encourage every pupil to explore and enjoy their dramatic potential. The teaching philosophy of the Drama department revolves around encouraging all pupils to harness their love of performance and become disciplined, confident and sensitive communicators. Some pupils will become accomplished performers - productions of shows like Oliver, Grease and Bugsy Malone have all been enormous successes - and will go on to study the subject at a higher level. Others will simply enjoy the subject and will be equipped with life-skills, including teamwork, creativity, empathy, problem solving and communication. And an essential part of this process is our state of the art Drama Studio that helps prepare for performance and stage management in larger Theatres.
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GREASE - 2016
What will I learn?
In KS3 Drama is taught in Year 7 and 8 as part of a carousel with Religious Studies one lesson a week. The introductory Scheme of Work teaches basic acting skills while building team working skills.
Further Year 7 schemes include Mime and Performance Poetry. Year 8 starts with an Improvisation scheme, followed by Page to Stage and then Storytelling.
The aim in Year 9 is to deepen their learning in Drama while also providing a platform for further study at GCSE and beyond. We start with the study of a script ‘Emma Rose,’ which leads to off-text improvisation. We then move onto a Shakespeare scheme before contrasting it with Willy Russell’s ‘Our Day Out.’
Lessons are very practical in nature and the building of understanding key concepts and skills is supported by an accompanying logbook to help students reflect on work and become familiar with key terminology. All the schemes culminate with every child being filmed so that they can assess and evaluate their own and others’ acting skills.
For those who study drama to examination level, we aim to offer a broad experience of dramatic techniques, texts and live theatre experiences. We start teaching GCSE Drama in the summer term of Year 9. The course begins with a backstage tour of Sheffield’s own Lyceum, Crucible and Studio Theatres in order to learn about the workings of three very different performance spaces. The students are expected to watch a performance at least once a term. Following the AQA specification, the course looks like this:
- 60% of the GCSE is practical Controlled Assessment. Students have to create a devised piece of drama, (duologue or group work) that is assessed along with a ‘Devising Log’ by their teacher. Students also have to study and perform two key extracts from one scripted play and this is marked by a visiting examiner. All practical tasks can be undertaken as a designer as well as a performer.
- 40% of the GCSE is a 1 3/4 hour written paper at the end of Year 11. There are three compulsory sections. Section A is a multiple choice. Section B consists of four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen. Section C is a two-part question on a live theatre production that the students have seen and studied.
There are many extra-curricular opportunities for students to enjoy drama at Westbourne School. As well as frequent trips to the theatre to see high quality work, Year 7-9 Drama Club and LAMDA classes run at lunchtimes, alongside the lively rehearsals that lead up to our much-loved annual School Production.
2012 - Oliver
2013 –Little Shop of Horrors
2014 –Wizard of Oz
2016 – Grease
2017 – Bugsy Malone
We are delighted to share in the success of Head Girl Abi Heywood as she receives an All-Rounder Scholarship to Sedbergh School in Cumbria.
Head Girl Abi Heywood has been awarded a scholarship to the sixth form at one of the country’s top boarding schools.
Abi, who is 15 has been awarded a Sedbergh School’s All-Rounder Scholarship awarded only to the most exceptional candidates.
All-Rounder Scholarships are awarded only to applicants who show potential as leaders and whose all-round attributes will ensure that they make a major contribution to the life of the Cumbrian school.
Abi had to sit a general examination paper before spending the night at the boarding school where she was assessed for suitability.
She also underwent a series of interviews and an assessment in her two specialist chosen subjects of Drama and Sport. She was required to perform her own choice of theatre piece and face a practical assessment of ability in her three major team sports of tennis, hockey and netball.
And just when she thought it was all over, she was asked to give an unaccompanied and impromptu performance of Over the Rainbow!
“Abi has been an outstanding pupil ever since she came to us from Ashdell Preparatory School,” said John Hicks.
“She has thrived in our supportive co-educational environment and has been an outstanding Head Girl. She has also played the lead in some of our most successful annual shows, including Grease and The Wizard of Oz.”
“To have been awarded a scholarship to Sedbergh is an incredible accolade for both Abi and for Westbourne and we are extremely proud of everything she has achieved during her years with us.”