We are an ARTS COLLEGE specialising in Music and The Performing Arts. An extensive programme of Drama, Dance, and Music are taught using first class facilities including:
A purpose built Performing Arts Block incorporating two studio spaces complete with sprung maple floor, a professional lighting system and Interactive whiteboards
A second Drama room with interactive whiteboard and lighting system
A proscenium arch main stage for production and examination work
A new performance studio with interactive whiteboards and partition for larger productions and exams.
Drama Specialists teach all years from 7-13 and are assisted by the Arts College Technician.
Mr L. Jones Head of Drama Department, Advanced Skills Teacher
Mrs D. Bent Drama Teacher (Head of Year)
Mr C. Alaru Drama Teacher (Head of Yeear)
Mr T. Sharp Arts College Technician
KS3 All pupils in years 7-9 have one hour of drama per week.
KS4 The department offers two very popular option choices: GCSE Drama or BTEC Performing Arts (Acting / Dance)
Theatre Studies and Performance Studies (Drama, Dance, & Music) are offered to sixth formers as AS & A2 courses. Both offer exciting opportunities to Performing Arts students and have a history of achieving good results.
Extra Curricular Activities
The Drama department offer a whole host of additional activities to the curriculum:
The Christmas Production: Each year the school presents a large scale production involving huge numbers of upper school learners. The school has a long tradition of producing high quality, award winning shows. Recent productions have included: ‘Back to the 80’s’, ‘Bye, Bye, Birdie’, ‘Hot Mikado’, and ‘Hairspray’. This Christmas Bishopshalt will be presenting ‘Our House’-featuring the music of Madness.
Past KS3 productions have included musical versions of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾’. Last summer, students from across Years 7, 8 and 9 performed ‘Veruca Salt in Outer Space’ – an alternative version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Bishopshalt is an accredited Arts Award Centre, offering KS3 to KS5 students the chance to earn a national qualification for their arts pursuits. The Department also offers a number of specific opportunities to Gifted and Talented students.
Many other productions are devised throughout the year and are performed in National Festivals, Local Community Projects, Primary Schools and as part of the School’s Citizenship programme.
Lower School Clubs
These meet on a weekly basis, and at present there are clubs for each year group. All clubs devise work to be performed in assemblies, the Christmas concert and end of year events.
Mr L Jones - Head of Drama