At Newbridge High School, the Drama curriculum is taught with the aim of establishing key skills for development in both academic and social areas. Pupils are given the opportunity to develop their co-operation, communication and creativity skills whilst also developing an academic understanding of the importance of research and ways in which to conduct their own research, an understanding of play scripts, playwrights, theatre practitioners and evaluative writing.
The schemes that students cover allows for them to explore a variety of stimuli from well-known play texts to contemporary issue-based Drama in which they are able to devise performances to communicate principles of behaviour through performance; encouraging the social, emotional and moral aspects of learning. Whilst studying Drama, students use a range of dramatic elements and explorative strategies such as narration and hot-seating. Students will also benefit from studying and performing in a custom built Performing Arts space complete with a proscenium arch stage and lighting and sound facilities.
At Newbridge, we recognise that every child has different needs and abilities and firmly believe that every child can achieve through Drama whether it is as a performer or one of the many vital roles backstage. Pupils are formally assessed throughout the year on three major areas: rehearsal, performance and evaluation. These will be levelled against specific success criteria allowing children who may not be particularly strong performers the chance to achieve in different ways and also allowing students who are keen performers to aim high by allowing them to understand how they can best achieve their goals.
Newbridge also offers a wealth of extra-curricular activities that serves to enhance their already developed skills. Students are given the opportunity to become a part of our annual pantomime and our end of year show to demonstrate their skills and passion to paying audiences. Our extra-curricular shows allow for students to further develop their professionalism within the Performing Arts.
Whatever your child’s interest, as a department we are confident that we can provide them with the opportunity to excel.