The Drama department at Outwood Academy Shafton aims to provide a safe and inclusive environment where students are inspired to work both together and independently to create and to see a wide variety of drama and theatre work.
Through Drama students will develop both drama specific skills and transferable skills such as empathy, teamwork and confidence which will prepare them for life after school, whether or not they should choose to pursue a career in drama.
The Drama department encourages students to explore and take risks as well as developing a sense of responsibility thereby becoming independent learners.
In Years 9 and 10, students study the Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Acting). The qualification allows students to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills in a performing arts context.
The qualification also provides opportunities for our students to develop their communication skills as they progress through the course. This can be achieved through presentations and in discussions where they have the opportunity to express their opinions. From the knowledge and skills developed in this qualification our students may expect, in due course, to seek employment at a junior level working with companies in the performing arts and related sectors in a range of roles, including performing in its various forms, stage management, production and set design and related
Units – There are three units to complete within the BTEC. Unit 3 Focuses on developing students’ acting skills and Unit 2 gives the students an opportunity to plan and perform in a production of their choosing. In Unit 1 students will prepare and perform 2 monologues, and complete a letter of application for work or further education within the world of performing arts.
In September 2018 the department will offer the new BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts which replaces the BTEC First Award.
Many students enjoy attending drama as part of the school’s enrichment programme. Performances have included full school productions of Alice in Wonderland, Bugsy Malone and Our Day Out. The BTEC Performing Arts students plan, prepare and perform in a production for their unit 2. This year the theme was Northern Grit – 1980s in the North. Our Y7/8 drama group contribute to regular performances throughout the year including our Christmas Carol Concert. We have recently introduced a Year 8 Gifted and Talented enrichment to our programme of sessions which also includes a KS4 supportive enrichment opportunity on a Thursday.