The Highgate Wood Drama department believes strongly in nurturing and encouraging students’ creativity, curiosity and self-confidence, within a framework where practical skills are learnt and developed and new knowledge is acquired. Our intentions are that by using drama as an exploratory tool and a rehearsal for real life, particularly at KS3, we can educate our students about the world they live in as well as opening their minds to new experiences. We also ensure students are introduced to a range of live and digital theatre experiences; essential for their enrichment and to develop a range of critical thinking skills.
Students use practical exploration and experimentation as directors and performers to acquire the skills, experience and knowledge needed to study a range of play texts or other resources, from Ancient Greek Theatre to Maya Angelou’s poetry. They also learn how to devise, adapt and perform new and existing drama, analysing and evaluating their own and others’ work and developing a critical appreciation of live theatre, including work by Chickenshed Inclusive Theatre Company. By working with stimuli and a range of genres, practitioners’ approaches and styles, including DV8’s physical theatre, students work in groups to acquire a practical, academic and vocational approach to theatre, thus developing an appreciation of drama and theatre for all.
Much of what we do in the drama department is about cultivating a love and respect for our subject and giving all of our students the opportunities and encouragement they need, to discover how this art form can enrich their lives. We increase every students’ cultural capital and help them develop the tools they need to work empathetically and productively, both as part of a team and independently. The fundamental skills that underpin our 7 year curriculum are: interpretation, creativity, analysis, evaluation and research; all vital transferrable skills that support our students to be imaginative problem-solvers and deep thinkers, who can demonstrate their ideas and knowledge with confidence.