Mr Kent is an ex pupil who, after A-Levels at Hamilton Lodge went on to university and is now a qualified teacher at HLSC where he is an inspiring role model for our pupils and students. Additionally, Mr Kent appeared in school performances as a pupil and has directed and produced a number of highly acclaimed whole school productions.
Drama is taught to all year groups in the School and is a powerful tool to help all pupils improve their confidence, enhance communication skills and to improve self expression. Drama can also be a visual communication method using body language, gesture and facial expression and helps to develop our pupil’s confidence, team working, life skills and social and emotional awareness of themselves and the world at large. Drama is also a cross curricular subject with elements of English, History and PSHE, where we use practical engagement to reinforce learning in the classroom across a range of topics and activities.
At Hamilton Lodge we ensure that Drama is accessible for all pupils, using a variety of communication methods and differentiation to maximise pupil’s potential.
Through a variety of Drama topics, the pupils expand their knowledge of the different forms of drama and theatre work such as Physical Theatre, Commedia d’ell Arte, Masks, Melodrama and Mime. At Key Stage 4, the pupils undergo the Entry Pathways Qualification and learn more in depth drama techniques such as improvisation, group performance, acting skills and character development. In group work the pupils have to learn to work together, communicate clearly achieve a high standard of drama work.
Hamilton Lodge Drama pupils are:
confident, willing to contribute and demonstrate considerable skills in body language, facial expression, pace and timing
Cathy Wardale, Programme Director, Theatre Arts, Education & Deaf Studies, University of Reading, commenting on their workshop at HLSC March 2013.
In a Drama lesson in Year 9, pupils made excellent progress in their social skills by using mime to develop joint working practices, in which they supported each other very well. They act out scenarios in which they develop understanding of real-life experiences.
Ofsted Report on HLSC, July 2012.