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The Drama Department aims to build the confidence of our students to present and communicate their creative ideas to an audience.
Students will develop their verbal and non-verbal communication skills through a variety of practical group activities.
We believe that involvement in drama and theatre enables students to express themselves with more clarity and assurance. Students are encouraged to be independent through their research and exploration of dramatic texts and stimuli, to be reflective in their analysis and evaluation of the creative process and to be effective in their participation and co-operation in rehearsals and performances.
Student wellbeing and the Social Emotional Aspects of Learning form the focus of much of our work, as well as covering aspects of PSHE and Citizenship.
Our long term aim is to foster the atmosphere of a theatre company with all students reaching their full potential as a creative artist (performer, director, deviser or designer) or a technician (lighting and sound operation, costume, prop and set building).
Mrs Spurling, Head of Drama
Mrs Spurling joined Knights Templar this year and already feels at home, whether that’s teaching A Level Theatre Studies to Sixth Form students or inspiring her new Y10 class or running the two Drama Clubs for KS3. Mrs Spurling’s background is in contemporary theatre and we look forward to seeing how her devising ideas work in the performances throughout the year.
Miss Bramley has a background in theatre and shares this passion through teaching Drama at Knights Templar. She currently teaches KS3 Drama, GCSE Drama and A Level Theatre Studies. She runs a movement project every summer term to raise money for charity; this year Project 101 raised the issue of social media and the impact on society. She is also choreographing movement pieces for the Gym and Dance display this December. Contemporary Theatre and young people are the future.
Mr Breadmore was a student at Knights Templar, a theatre technician for three years and has now returned back to Knights Templar as one of the most popular Drama Teachers. Now into his third year as a teacher at Knights Templar, Mr Breadmore runs the crazy Open Mic Club and in complete contrast the Calm Fishing Club.
Mr Sills, Assistant Head Teaching & Learning, Arts and Humanities
Mr Sills is in his ninth year at Knights Templar. He currently teaches Y11 GCSE Drama, Y13 A Level Theatre Studies and Y13 BTEC Performing Arts. He has a wider role in the school that encompasses the Creative and Performing Arts Faculty, the Humanities Faculty and whole school Teaching & Learning. Most recently, Mr Sills has directed the school production of Fiddler on the Roof and is looking forward to directing The Wind in the Willows this year. He enjoys all aspects of theatre, in fact, Mr Sills ‘is theatre’ according to ‘a student’.
Mrs Shaw, Drama and PE Administration
Mrs Shaw is now in her 9th year at Knights Templar School. She provides administrative support to the Drama department and particularly enjoys arranging and accompanying the staff and students on the many theatre trips on offer. In addition, as a keen performer herself, she enjoys helping with the school productions, lately as costume coordinator or in any other way that she can. Mrs Shaw also organises LAMDA tuition with the visiting tutors Mrs Baker and Mrs Wylie.
Miss A Bullock, Performing Arts Technician
After finishing her degree in 2014 and proceeding to have a career as a Stage Manager/Theatre Technician, Miss Bullock joined us at the start of last year. She oversees the maintenance of the technical equipment and the performance spaces. Directly, she is attached to the Drama and Music Departments, and is involved in supporting our 6th Form BTEC Production Arts and Music Tech students, offering them professional insight and knowledge. She runs the Tech Theatre and Music Tech Clubs that are open to all students, and also leads the Production Arts Club, a new club dedicated to developing a team of student designers, operators and technicians for the events going on throughout the year.
Mrs Baker, LAMDA Teacher
Mrs Baker has been preparing students for LAMDA examinations for eight years at Knights Templar. The first term of LAMDA tuition focuses on skill based workshops and researching. The second term focuses on rehearsal and preparation for the final exam, which is usually in March. LAMDA tuition is very popular with our students, with about 60 students from Y8-13 participating.
Mrs Wylie, Teacher of Drama
Mrs Wylie joined Knights Templar in September 2010 as a Drama Teacher. Although she left the school to focus all being a mum, she continues to teach LAMDA for us on Tuesdays after-school. She is passionate about all aspects of theatre, but especially enjoys Shakespeare and the modern American writers, such as Tennessee Williams. She directed the successful and much loved school production of ‘The Sound of Music’ in 2014.
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