Drama lessons firmly focus on building skills and confidence in every student. Every Year 7 and 8 student has drama twice a fortnight and covers a variety of work including: silent movies, stage directions and issue based theatre. At the end of Year 8 students make their GCSE choices and drama is a popular choice here at Goffs.
Students use the skills they develop in drama lessons in other lessons and areas of their lives. We are proud of our young performers who present themselves confidently in front of live audiences.
We follow the AQA specification at GCSE where the students explore a combination of scripted and devised performances and sit a written exam at the end of Year 11.
At A Level, we follow the AQA Drama and Theatre Studies course, which involves students studying a set play from acting, directing and designing perspectives. They are expected to see six different live productions; for the written paper students must write an evaluation on one aspect of these productions. We expect all our exam students to be extremely focused and committed with extra rehearsals and reading being undertaken.
A number of live theatre visits are a compulsory part of the A Level course and we endeavour to take students to a variety of contemporary and challenging theatre. We also have professional theatre companies, such as Frantic Assembly and Splendid Theatre Productions come in to deliver workshops to A Level students.
We run our extra-curricular drama group, GAPA (Goffs Academy of Performing Arts) on a Monday from 3pm – 4pm. GAPA has presented a number of performances to keen audiences including “Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and many original plays that have been written by our talented script writers. GAPA is open to all students from Year 7 through to Year13 and students are expected to take responsibility for all elements of production from script writing, acting, costume design and technical elements.