The Drama department at Fairwater High School is situated in a dedicated performance suite in the Lower School building and comprises of a Drama Studio, equipped with performance quality sound and lighting equipment and a technical box, as well as a classroom for theory based learning.
It is a successful department, achieving 80% A*-C at GCSE in 2013, with a good number of top grades. Attainment is equally high at KS3, with 89% achieving a Level 5, with 35% achieving a Level 6.
This success is based on fast paced, well-structured and challenging lessons that students find fun and engaging. The school’s robust assessment and recording procedures ensure students’ progress is closely monitored every half-term. Students then receive quality feedback and targets for improvement as well as any support required to achieve their potential.
The KS3 curriculum focuses on developing students’ ‘soft’ skills; raising their self-esteem, confidence and inter-personal skills through drama based projects that support the PSE and SEAL curriculums.
Such is the talent of students at Fairwater High School that in Year 9, some students begin to study topics from the KS4 curriculum, learning about theatre practitioners and approaches to devised work.
The pace and challenge continues at KS4, where students a BTEC Acting course in Year 10 and the GCSE Drama course in Year 11, gaining two GCSE qualifications.