The Drama Department is a vibrant and energetic area in the school that welcomes creativity, enthusiasm and hard. Drama is a popular option to select at both GCSE and A Level and our results continue to improve. Our average point score is in the highest 20% of schools nationally, as well as being above national average for uptake of students at KS4.

Curriculum Intent Statement
Department of Drama: Garforth Academy

We believe that students deserve a broad and ambitious Drama curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites curiosity and prepares them well for future learning or employment. Our Drama curriculum will give students the opportunity to:

  • develop a love of creativity in Drama, in both scripted and devised performance.
  • develop cultural awareness that will help promote an understanding of different cultures linked to the world around us.
  • develop detailed ideas in devising, adapting ideas to appropriately suit the audience and/or occasion;
  • demonstrate mastery of performance skills through practise and personalised feedback
  • promote an inquisitive and questioning mind-set that explores a variety of approaches and methods as theatre makers.
  • use a wide range of appropriate and ambitious drama vocabulary with accuracy;
  • produce ‘imaginative work’ of which they can be proud;
  • in talk, articulate and express their ideas, views and opinions about a wide range of approaches to drama clearly, confidently and respectfully;
PedagogyEnrichmentOther general principles
– a rigorous and systematic approach to the teaching of all drama skills
– the regular use of live modelling and exemplar ideas to demonstrate drama techniques, standards and expectations
– a range of strategies to deepen knowledge so that it is committed to long term memory
– To promote atmosphere conducive to exploration allowing for trial and error, giving students the insight to view the experience as a learning opportunity 
– providing occasional on and off-site subject or topic related experiences
– giving students the opportunities to work with practitioners within the Performing Arts industry
– To give students the opportunity to perform their work to a variety of different audiences
– earn within a coherent and progressive framework
– develop new skills through a variety of interesting contexts to foster enjoyment
– develop a rich and deep subject knowledge
– understand what they are doing well and how they need to improve
– build on their understanding of the importance of values including -democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and tolerance and respect.
– Improve their spiritual, social, moral and cultural understanding
– To develop autonomy around their own approaches to the creation of their performance work