Performing Arts provide a valuable part of the education and enrichment at King’s.
Performers work with outstanding teachers and practitioners to hone their skills, rehearse pieces and, ultimately, to face the challenge of performances and exams. Drama is both exuberant and rigorous; standards are high and much is expected of those who undertake this testing but fulfilling process.
For well over a decade, the school’s Drama Department has been teaching Drama in the curriculum both at GCSE and at A-Level, the latter being a notably challenging and richly stimulating course that broadens intellectual and conceptual horizons and develops performance and technical skills. Involving a fine balance of analytical, imaginative and practical work, curricular Drama demands mature discipline and a high level of motivation and commitment.
In September 2019, BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Performing Arts was introduced to the curriculum offering the pupils an excellent opportunity to develop a wide and marketable set of performance skills. It allows pupils to work independently and focus on their strengths, but also to develop an interest in new and exciting performance techniques.
Regular trips to the theatres of Bath, Bristol, Salisbury and London’s West End, both inspire and educate pupils to emulate creative, relevant, highly crafted performances. Regular workshop sessions with visiting practitioners and university lecturers further stretch and challenge pupils to produce high quality work.
Many past pupils have entered the profession to take up careers on stage and screen, and in production support, whilst others have transferred their acquired skills to careers in Medicine, Law, Diplomacy and Journalism. It is a course that will provide you with the skills to progress into the Performing Arts, but equally to successfully progress in public facing careers.
This is a qualification that will engage pupils through encouraging creativity, focusing on practical work, which reflects twenty-first century theatre practice, and developing skills that will support progression to further study of drama and a wide range of other subjects. There are components on devising, text performance and study of prescribed texts.