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“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”

Muriel Rukeyser

The Cape Cornwall School curriculum ensures that all our students have the opportunity for academic and personal development across a broad range of subjects and experiences. It combines equality of opportunity to our core learning with opportunities for students to make individual choices regarding their learning experiences.  Acquisition of knowledge and transferable skills are the cornerstones of our student’s progress, and we place a high value on building their understanding of community, place and social justice. Lessons and other learning experiences are sequenced to build on students’ prior knowledge and ensure that students deepen their knowledge of each subject and the interconnection between subjects and their global context.

Our curriculum is the foundation to achieving our Core Principles:

● Students leave Cape with high-value achievements and the life skills and resilience that provide a platform for future success and happiness.

● We are inspired to work together to research, design and implement highly effective and sustainable solutions to develop and maintain our thriving school community.

● Continuous improvement is achieved through a whole school culture of, and commitment to, creativity, engagement and professionalism.

What is Unique to the study of drama?

Drama is predominantly a practical-based, artistic subject.  It is a subject in its own right with its discipline, history, theory, methods, language, influences and body of skills and knowledge.  It allows young people to be creative, learn vital communication skills and unite with others. It develops skills needed for effective collaboration and independent working, which can help students prepare for all future jobs or careers. Through regular participation in drama activity, pupils can develop creative thinking, self-control, perseverance, confidence and empathy – all character traits worthy of an accolade.

Drama offers a safe environment in which young people can express themselves and voice their opinions without judgement; it can also provide some students with an outlet for emotions, thought, and dreams that they might not otherwise have the means to express.  Drama examines the human character; it challenges our perceptions about the world, each other, and ourselves.

 Drama at Cape Cornwall aims to stay true to this maxim by putting the art of dramatic storytelling at the heart of everything we do. Throughout Key Stage 3, in preparation for studying drama at GCSE level, students are encouraged to create, perform and respond (verbal and written) to drama. In addition, students are taught subject-specific knowledge and skills that they are expected to apply to their practical work regularly, thus building up their foundation of creative experience. Outside the studio, students are encouraged to participate in weekly drama club sessions or participate in the Arts Award as part of the Be Inspired Programme.