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St. Peter's Independent School

St Peters Independent School

"Throughout the school pupils thrive in the warm nurturing atmosphere under the guidance of caring and committed adults who see pupils' welfare and well-being as a priority"

ISI 2012

"Pupils not only enjoy coming to school but are proud to be a pupil of it."

ISI Report - Summer 2012

"At every stage pupils feel safe, develop in confidence, and are self-assured and well prepared to meet the challenges of the next stage of their education."

ISI Report - Summer 2012

"In the EYFS, a good balance of adult-led and child initiated activities is carefully planned to develop the children's needs, abilities and interests."

ISI Report - Summer 2012

"Pupils appreciate the friendships they share with each other and also the positive relationships enjoyed with the staff."

ISI Report - Summer 2012

"The ethos of the school makes a significant contribution to the pupils' personal development, in accordance with its aim to provide a caring family-orientated environment."

ISI Report - Summer 2012

"Strong emphasis is place on learning practical life-skills in lessons such as cookery or design and technology. These lessons are popular with pupils."

ISI Report - Summer 2012

"A good range of extra-curricular activities encourages the pupils to extend their interests, skills and knowledge."

ISI Report - Summer 2012

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Drama

Teacher of Drama: Emma Wisby- ewisby@stpetersindependent.org.uk

Teacher of Drama: Jenny Scott- jscott@stpetersindependent.org.uk

In drama all students are assessed in the following areas: Creating work, Performance and evaluation of their work.

In the prep school students learn to work together in small groups and as a class, they develop their imagination as well as exploring a rage of themes they are studying in humanities and English through practical drama.

At form 1 students are introduced to the basics of performing to an audience. Working towards their vocal and facial expression, exploring how manipulation of voice and expression can show a difference in character and character’s mood. They are introduced to the basics of working with a script and learn how to develop their improvisations skills. They also study Genre, Greek theatre and Shakespeare.

In form two students develop their characterisations skills through the study of Stanislavski. They then explore different ways of staging a performance as well as reminiscence theatre, using WW2 as their theme. They then develop their Shakespearian knowledge through cross curricular work with English, studying ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’

Form 3 students begin to prepare for GCSE drama by exploring a range of drama devices, exploring how they can be used to create different effects. They also begin to develop an appreciation of technical drama, learning to use the lighting, sound, costume and make-up equipment. They also study Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal and Physical Theatre, as well as Shakespeare.

GCSE DRAMA follow the AQA drama course.

60% = Practical – made up of two final pieces (chosen from the best work across the year by the teacher and moderator) one scripted based and one improvised based. Within these pieces students have the option to work as a performer or technician (set design, props, make-up, costume, lighting or sound). They are marked for their creative process and their performance.

40% = Written paper lasting 1 ½ Hrs. Both sections of the paper give the students the opportunity to evaluate their work and demonstrate a knowledge of theatre, how to put on and effective performance and evaluate their own work.

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Each year the drama department puts on the following performances, to which all pupils across the school are invited to take part.

Christmas school show – this year is ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed at Moulton Theatre

Shakespeare Festival – Held in April as a celebration on the Bard’s birthday, each class performs extracts of his famous works.

Talent Show – Held in July, a chance for each student to show off their talents.

This year there will also be a Mayday celebration, in which each class will be performing traditional maypole, country and Morris dancing as well as mummer’s plays.

Drama club and dance club are also held throughout the year.