The Department

Drama at Penwortham Priory Academy Key Stage 3

The Drama department aims to develop imagination and equip students with the tools to express themselves creatively. At Penwortham Priory Academy we aim to make Drama a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.

Students are encouraged to:

  • Promote self expression
  • Build self confidence
  • Enhance creativity
  • Encourage co-operation

Students should become more confident in:

  • Discussing and exploring stimuli
  • Rehearsing and developing practical work
  • Performing
  • Evaluating the work of others

During their Drama lessons students will be involved in:

  • Creating characters and dramatic situations by exploring their situations and feelings
  • Interacting with each other and developing team work skills
  • Developing knowledge of a variety of Drama skills and techniques
  • Learning about Drama from a variety of cultures

In order for students to enrich their work they must have positive interaction with their peers, alongside an involvement with a broader curriculum exploring cultural, aesthetic, and historical forms.

This includes:

  • Encouraging students to study a wide variety of dramatic texts and forms encouraging an interpretation of them
  • Experimenting with different types of performing and recording performances
  • Introducing different performance styles
  • Teaching students to speak and move with fluency and clarity of intention
  • Working towards a final presentation

The study of Drama also aims to help the students’ progress when developing their key skills in preparation for working life. The Drama department aim to encourage this development through focus on four of the key skills inherent within a syllabus:

  • Working with others
  • Problem solving
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Communication

Key Stage 4

BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts

Students will study a wide variety of units that explore all areas of Performing Arts.

Core components:

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Component 2: Developing skills and techniques
  • Component 3: Performing to a brief

Assessment: Students will be assessed throughout the year against BTEC criteria by an internal examiner and then externally assessed by an Edexcel examiner.

Evidence will be collated throughout the course by videos, rehearsals, written logbooks, written assignments plus teacher observation records and witness statements.

Results: BTEC Performing Arts results have been consistently high and we have a large percentage of students gaining the top grades: Distinction and Distinction Star.

These results are a fantastic starting point for entry into any college within the North West.

Enrichment and Engagement

There are many opportunities to get involved in the Creative Arts department. We have specialist staff delivering Dance, Music and Drama sessions to help you enjoy the Arts!

Drama Club is open to all students. You can come along, met new people, have fun and make progress in the Arts.

All Key Stage 3 students are welcome to audition and take part in the annual Full School Production. This exciting opportunity gives you the chance to perform to sell out audiences and work alongside the BTEC Performing Arts students. We require dedication and commitment from all of our cast members.

So, if you want to take part fully in school life here at Penwortham Priory Academy see the extra curricular timetable or speak to any of the Creative Arts staff.