Drama is a highly valued subject at Urmston Grammar, both at curriculum and extra-curricular level. .
All students study Drama in Years 7, 8 and 9 before being given the option to choose Drama at GCSE level. At KS3 groups are taught in mixed form groups, of approximately 25-30 pupils, and they are allocated a lesson once a fortnight. Our KS3 curriculum covers an introduction to drama skills, scripted plays, and devising skills. Short homework tasks are set fortnightly, focusing on knowledge of theatre roles/skills, and research tasks. At KS4, students follow the AQA GCSE curriculum and they focus on ‘Blood Brothers’ as the set text for the written exam.
The Drama Department also plays an important role in offering students at all key stages, extra-curricular opportunities. We visit local theatres, such as The Lowry, The Royal Exchange and Bolton Octagon, on a regular basis. There also opportunities to see productions further afield, for example, at The Globe Theatre and the West End in London.
Theatre Workshops and touring productions are often invited into the school, in particular, ‘Splendid Productions’, with whom we have a close and long-standing working relationship. The Drama Department has also taken a leading role in the annual Expo days, presenting pieces to the whole school on themes such as ‘The Sixties’, and ‘The Olympics’.
Drama also offers students the chance to participate in school productions, both at KS3 and whole school level. We work closely with the Music Department and have presented many Performing Arts evenings, where the pupils are able to showcase their dramatic and musical talents. Past productions have included ‘Hairspray’, ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Sweeny Todd’ and ’15 Reasons Not to be in a Play’!
The gallery shows photos of students performing in a variety of Drama productions