“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” - Plutarch
The drama department embraces all aspects of the Performing Arts and developing a pupil’s creativity and self-confidence is at the heart of every lesson.
Regardless of which profession your child will undertake in the future, they will need to be confident, resilient and above all a team player. At Rookwood, we aim to ensure that your child leaves our school ready to face those all-important interviews, with total self-belief in their abilities.
Curriculum at Key Stage 3
Our KS3 Drama curriculum covers a multitude of topics, including Greek Theatre, Shakespeare, Physical Theatre, Devising Skills and Theatre Roles and Staging.
Curriculum at Key Stage 4
At KS4 we follow the AQA examination board. GCSE Drama is assessed both theoretically and practically, with students taking part in performances as well as completing a written exam at the end of Year 11.
The course is delivered in 3 components:
- Understanding Drama - Written Exam - 1 hour 45 mins 3 sections)
80 marks = 40% of GCSE
- Component 2 - Devising Drama - Practical Performance and Written Evaluation
80 marks = 40% of GCSE
- Component 3 - Texts in Practice - 2 Practical Performances
40 marks = 20% of GCSE
Every other year the Senior School performs a musical at ‘The Lights’ Theatre in Andover. We encourage as many of our pupils to become involved, be it through acting, dancing, singing, backstage management, prop making or playing in the orchestra.
We are delighted to announce that there will be a performance of the much-loved play ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in February 2018.
Rookwood School also offers private LAMDA lessons. The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom and is considered a centre of excellence in performance training across the world. The LAMDA Drama examinations are designed to develop confidence in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of literature and the spoken word.
Rookwood School offers LAMDA across all the key stages. Examinations can be taken in solo acting, duologue acting, verse and prose, devised theatre, Shakespeare and communication skills.
The higher level examinations carry UCAS points which can be used to assist securing a place for your child at college or university.
Over the years, our pupils have had outstanding results in their LAMDA examinations and many enter the annual Basingstoke Drama Festival where the school has previously enjoyed huge success.