Welcome to the Ridgeway Academy Drama faculty. We pride ourselves on providing students a varied and purposeful Drama curriculum alongside exciting and enriching opportunities throughout the year. We believe that the subject develops many personal and social skills and helps foster life-long confidence that our young people need in the wider world.
We are extremely proud of the excellent quality of work our students produce in Drama. This is across all year groups in their lessons, exam pieces, extra-curricular productions. We have very high standards and instill these expectations in our students across the year groups. Our Drama curriculum encourages the students to be curious about the origins and developments of theatre and how this has informed new writing, directing and performances. Students learn to critically analyse live Theatre across the years groups providing further understanding and appreciation of the art form.
Key Stage 3
Students study a range of units within Key Stage 3 aimed at developing their practical drama skills and theatre appreciation. See the Key Stage 3 overview for more details.
Musical Theatre club, Drama club, MADD festival (to be launched) and our annual whole-school musical. We have an excellent design and technical team who work extremely hard to ensure the quality of our shows are of the highest standard. We have excellent links with The Sandpit Theatre at Sandringham School providing our students with professional technical and design opportunities.
We organise many theatre trips and workshops throughout the year for our students. Recent examples include:
Everyone’s Talking About Jamie
Splendid Production’s Dr. Faustus
In Anchor We Hope
Things I Know To Be True
Paperbirds Theatre Company
Splendid Theatre Productions
Previous Whole School Musicals:
Station Road 2018 (Written by Mr Sarjeant and Miss Standage) www.stationroadmuscial.com
We Will Rock You 2020
Coming this year…Grease 2021
Performing Arts trip to New York February 2022 AND 2023!
Drama helps students develop a number of skills:
- Visual appreciation of drama and theatre
- Balanced judgement
- Information gathering and assessment
- Ability to work on your own or as part of a team
Follow us on our Instagram page: @ridgewayperformingarts where you can keep up to date with our news and opportunities.