An exceptional educational experience for all

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An exceptional educational experience for all

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Learning at BVGA


“Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.  It is the essence of compassion, and it is the beginning of morality.” 

Ian McEwan

Drama Intent

We passionately believe that Drama plays a key role in the personal development of our students and that the skills learned can be applied across the curriculum and in students’ lives beyond school. We aim to develop the cultural capital of our students through practical explorations of contemporary ideas and issues in a safe, secure and supportive learning environment.

Confident Learners

Confident Communicators

Confident Future Citizens

To create confident learners, the Drama curriculum is:   

  • Carefully planned so all can achieve.
  • Diverse and inclusive.  
  • Supportive and challenging.
  • Practical and ambitious.

To create confident communicators, the Drama curriculum:

  • Teaches students how to communicate with an audience for effect.
  • Encourages all students to have a voice, to share ideas and to have opinions.
  • Shows students how to listen carefully.
  • Creates respectful and reflective audience members.

To create confident future citizens, the Drama curriculum:

  • Introduces students to characters and situations different to their own lived experiences.
  • Develops empathy.
  •  Creates character.
  • Builds cultural capital and global awareness.

The Drama curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Be creative and take risks.
  • Be independent and take responsibility for their work.
  • Practically explore and develop ideas.
  • Make active choices.
  • Develop subject specific knowledge and vocabulary.

The Drama curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Share ideas and find solutions through collaborative work. 
  • Perform regularly in front of their peers.
  • Explore new ideas and different perspectives.
  •  Listen to, and appreciate, the views of others.

The Drama curriculum provides opportunities for all to:

  • Work collaboratively on timed tasks.
  • Build resilience, time management and problem-solving skills. 
  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Be challenged and try new things.

The Key Concepts running through Drama

  • Bringing texts to life as a: performer, director and designer.
  • Performance from text:  Characterisation, performance skills, communicating with an audience.
  • Devising from stimulus:  Communication of artistic intention, structure, genre, form, style, character, language.