Drama is a thriving subject at AKS, and a key part of school life. In Years 7, 8 and 9, our students enjoy weekly lessons (as well as any other wider participation beyond the timetable). Our classes have a practical focus, allowing students to work closely with their peers in a supportive and friendly environment, and many choose to continue with the subject at GCSE. As part of this qualification, students study set plays, take a role in scripted performances and also create their own original theatre, making it the perfect choice for anyone wanting to demonstrate and develop their creative flair.
Whole-class Drama is supported by the option to take individual tuition from our visiting Speech and Drama teacher, working towards LAMDA examinations: AKS has an outstanding history of success in these examinations, with many cohorts achieving 100% Distinction grades.
We offer a remarkable range of co-curricular opportunities in Drama, with the highlight of each academic year being our annual musical. This is a full-scale production held at a local professional theatre, giving our students unparalleled insight into the industry, as well as skills and experience that go well beyond that of ordinary in-school productions. Each year, students perform to sell-out audiences using professional sets, costume and a live band and always receive rave reviews. In addition to this, our ‘Guardians of Drama’ club runs throughout the year and allows students to take part in smaller performances, exploring a diverse range of styles and providing the opportunity to experience the different roles associated with creating a performance.
The study of Drama develops verbal and nonverbal, individual and group communication skills which are increasingly essential in the modern world. Drama enhances students’ artistic and creative abilities and, through exploration across a range of cultural contexts, gives them a better understanding of themselves and society as a whole.