Q. WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR DRAMA OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE FOR MY SON/DAUGHTER AT HAYES?
A. We offer two after school Drama Clubs - one for Year 7 on Tuesdays and the other for Years 8 and 9 on Thursdays. Both clubs are run by our Year 13 and Year 11 Drama prefects (but overseen by Miss Devaux) and are extremely popular. They offer participants a chance to work with students from outside their class and even year-group and enable students to develop their confidence, performance skills and understanding of different theatrical techniques. Thursday lunchtime the studios are the domain of Tech Club – our growing band of lighting specialists! Again, anyone from Year 9 upwards is welcome to join the crew, provided they are willing to give up their time offering technical support to extra-curricular school events!
Hayes School Productions have an open audition policy on both the Main School Show and House Drama Competition. Although cast places are obviously limited we welcome ALL students to audition and/or help out backstage.
Q. TELL ME ABOUT KS3 DRAMA. WHAT HAPPENS IN LESSONS AND WHAT WILL MY SON/DAUGHTER GAIN FROM THE SUBJECT?
A. KS3 Drama is taught for one hour a week to years 7-9, introducing students to creating, performing and evaluating. Our Schemes of Work cover a huge variety of social, cultural, historical and literary material and we believe strongly that students should always be taught Drama skills in a context that will also enable them to develop personally and socially. Most lessons are practical and will involve pair or group work leading up to sharing of practical work and peer evaluation of performance. Towards the end of KS3 the emphasis moves towards devising and developing extended pieces of work, enabling students to explore characters and scenarios in greater depth and focus on creating fluid and innovatively staged work.
Q. HOW POPULAR – AND SUCCESSFUL – ARE GCSE AND A LEVEL DRAMA AT HAYES?
A. Uptake at GCSE and A Level for Drama is considerably above the national average. We currently have 110 Year 10 and 11 students taking GCSE, whilst nearly 40 sixth formers are taking A Level Drama and Theatre Studies. The department are very proud to be amongst the highest achieving and attaining in the school.
Q. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES FURTHER DOWN THE LINE FOR MY SON/DAUGHTER IF HE/SHE GAINS A DRAMA QUALIFICATION?
A. The emphasis on group and presentation skills, combined with the importance placed on honest and self-effacing evaluation in both GCSE and A Level Drama studies has resulted in many businesses actively seeking out Drama qualifications on application forms. It is certainly a common misconception that Drama A Level is only worth something if a student wishes to become an actor and a glance at the Drama Alumni page will prove that (whilst also demonstrating that we have engendered our fair share of current stage and screen talent over the last few years!) Anyone looking for a career that will involve public speaking, working as part of a team or understanding what makes people “tick” would find post 14 Drama study invaluable.