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

Muriel Rukeyser

The Cape 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 to ensure that students deepen their understanding 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 own discipline, history, theory, methods, language, influences and body of skills and knowledge. 

It allows young people to be creative, learn key 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 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 is the examination of the human character; it challenges our perceptions about the world, each other and about ourselves.  Drama at Cape aims to stay true to this maxim by putting the art of dramatic storytelling at the heart of all that 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.  They are also taught subject-specific knowledge which they are expected to apply to their practical work on a regular basis.