The Drama Faculty are specialist drama practitioners with professional and industry experience. With our specialist facilities, we encourage and support students in creating live theatre work of the very highest standards across the key stages.
We believe that Drama, as well as being an important subject in its own right, also offers our students a unique opportunity to develop their co-operation, communication and presentation skills, as well as an active way to explore the world around them. This is also an important opportunity to boost confidence and independence in a practical way.
Key Stage 3
Students explore and develop key drama skills through a wide variety of exciting and engaging schemes. As a faculty, we encourage our students to be independent and to develop their creativity within a safe and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to join in Drama outside of school too, whether that be Drama club or a performance evening such as House Drama.
Key Stage 4
We offer the GCSE qualification following the AQA specification. The course offers the opportunity to refine the skills developed at Key Stage 3 and develop a deeper understanding of the processes of being an actor, director and designer. There are a wide variety of different performance experiences including script work, devising and experimenting with the work of different theatre practitioners such as Stanislavski, Brecht and Artaud. There is also a written examination which assesses general theatre knowledge in addition to writing about a set play and analysing live theatre. We also offer Musical Theatre Enrichment Modules to students in Year 9 where students are given the opportunity to take part in being directed in a musical group number and to choreograph their own piece.
Key Stage 5
We follow the AQA A2 Level 2 year course in the Sixth Form. This exciting programme offers three components with a wide range of scripted work studied and performed, a devised performance created and written about, two set plays analysed in a written examination and live theatre analysed.
This course is excellent preparation for those wishing to continue to Drama School or study at degree level in an essay based subject but also as an opportunity for all students to continue to develop their varied skill set, regardless of their career plans.
Throughout their time at Vyners, students are offered many extra-curricular Drama opportunities including:
- Visits to see professional theatre on the West End and Touring productions.
- Drama Workshops (external companies and run by usual Drama teachers)
- Year 7 Drama Club (run by year 10/11 students)
- Year 9 - 13 School Production
- House Drama
Subject Leader: Helen Moore