Drama is at the heart of Welcombe Hills School, it gives our students an opportunity to shine. It provides them with a chance to demonstrate their strengths, where they are not being judged for their academic skills and the opportunity to show off their skills in performance; enabling them to show the wider community what they have achieved. We believe that Drama plays an important role in developing communication skills and can be used as a vehicle through which students can role play issues and concerns and discover ways to deal with these in a safe environment. Drama is also a way for our students to work collaboratively and to develop an understanding of each other’s needs and strengths, it plays a crucial role in team building and enhancing social relationships. In turn, this leads to improving behaviour, social skills and an increase in a student's self-esteem and self-worth. Drama is part of the creative arts in school and has strong links with art, music and dance. Drama has also enabled our school to make valuable links with the local community and local schools.
We are fortunate enough in school to have a specialist trained drama teacher and higher level teaching assistant who work in our drama studio. The studio is kitted out with the latest technology including a digital backdrop and stage lighting. The department also have a large costume and props resource space. Pupils at Welcombe Hills School have a weekly drama lesson taught by the specialist team. Their work, where appropriate, links to the curriculum topic and enhances their learning in the classroom. Key stage four and 6th form students work towards accreditation in the arts in the form of a bronze arts award or a BTEC in acting skills. Sensory drama takes place every Monday for pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities. These sessions focus on learning about the world through the senses. This is achieved through one to one work, giving sensory input linked to a theme or story. Verbal language is removed during sessions in an aim to encourage alternative forms of communication from the students and staff. Students are encouraged to make choices and are introduced to new tactile, olfactory, visual and auditory input each session.