‘Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of the imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change’
Jude Kelly, Theatre Director
Here at Finborough, we are passionate about the performing arts. Drama and performance play an important part in the education of all pupils at the school. Through drama, pupils develop key skills for life in creativity, teamwork, self-expression and confidence. We believe these are invaluable skills in preparing our pupils for a range of future study and career options.
We encourage all pupils to participate in the performing arts whether as a performer, designer, director or as a critical observer. Drama is taught in a well-equipped studio with a new lighting rig and staging. We use professional venues for all our school productions such as Aladdin and High School Musical at The Apex, Rent at Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, Romeo and Juliet at The Regal in Stowmarket and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Dance East, Ipswich.
Key Stage 3
All pupils in years 7- 9 have timetabled drama lessons. Pupils develop skills in creating, performing and evaluating drama. We look at a range of different stimuli: historical artefacts, play texts, props, music and film. Pupils look at a range of different issues in drama and explore these through dramatic techniques such as hot seating, role play, characterisation and forum theatre. We also look at a range of different play texts both classic and contemporary, these include: The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Wacky Soap, Teechers and Blood Brothers.
GCSE Drama is a popular option at Finborough. It is a very practical subject and is divided into 3 units. Units 1 and 2 are teacher assessed units are worth 60 % of the GCSE mark. These units involve pupils exploring issues and play texts and are assessed through practical workshops and documentary evidence which forms the written coursework element. The final Unit 3 Drama Performance is a practical examination; pupils perform a devised or scripted play which is then presented to an external examiner. This is worth 40 % of the overall GCSE mark. In 2013, 100 % of pupils achieved A */B grades, with 80 % achieving A*/A.
At Finborough, we offer many opportunities to enjoy drama through our extra-curricular programme. We offer LAMDA classes for those interested in taking examinations in acting or public speaking. We encourage pupils to participate in both the Suffolk and Sudbury Speech Festival. Experiencing live theatre is an essential part of a good drama education; we offer a range of theatre trips throughout the school year to both regional and national theatres. Recently we have run residential trips to New York and London, giving our students the opportunity to take part in Master classes with professional actors, take backstage tours and see outstanding productions.
Our Performing Arts Week has become an integral part of our spring term calendar. During this week we have a different performance each night from LAMDA to Music Recitals to Cabaret and the Finborough Rock Concert!
There is so much on offer for drama students here; we look forward to seeing you get involved!