Faculty Leader (inc. Drama)
Mrs A Casey – [email protected]

The foundation of Drama at Notre Dame is built on an environment where caring, tolerance, listening and respect for each other are inherent elements. This creates a safe, enjoyable and secure classroom that does not threaten or expose, but challenges and enlightens. Young people are valued as individuals whose creative responses to the world around them, based on what they know and understand, will form the basis of the work.

Drama provides the opportunity for students to be immersed in creative, interactive activity. It offers the perfect backdrop to develop and nurture students’ collaborative ability, confidence and self-esteem.

In Drama we aim to help each pupil to:

  • Gain an understanding of themselves, other people and the world around them
  • Develop respect for themselves and others
  • Develop an understanding of issue-based drama and theatre skills
  • Think autonomously
  • Understand and practice individual learning styles
  • Develop social skills
  • Develop self-confidence and esteem
  • Reflect and evaluate on the drama in order to deepen learning
  • Develop skills required for examination courses at GCSE/A Level
  • Develop an appreciation of Drama as an art form.
Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8 students study for one hour per week, in mixed ability groups. The curriculum introduces students to the explorative strategies of Drama, which are the building blocks to creating role-play. Students are assessed on the three main criteria that is filtered down from GCSE Drama. The three strands of assessment are: Creating, Performing and Responding.