Drama has an important role to play in the personal development of our students and at Accrington Academy we have a busy and vibrant drama department! Opportunities to take part in drama are available both through the timetabled lessons and extra-curricular activities. The skills and qualities developed by students in drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and are skills highly valued by universities and employers.
Drama stimulates creativity and imagination, allowing students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. The self-esteem, pride and a sense of achievement that drama gives to students is invaluable in today’s fast paced and demanding world.
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Mrs N. Grace
My career before teaching went from being an actor and waitress whilst at college and university to working as a Human Resource Manager for first the NHS and then De Vere Hotels. Upon realising that an HR career was never going to fuel my passion for English and Drama, I returned to university to complete a PGCSE in English with Drama and Media Studies and I've never regretted that move! Every day as Subject Leader of Drama, I get to share my subject with bright, entertaining students and watch them develop as people, performers and creative thinkers. What a great job!
Mrs V. Thornber
I have always loved reading and at school English was my favourite subject. When I was at school I was shy and didn't have the confidence to voice my opinion, until my English teacher made me realise that everybody's thoughts and opinions are worth hearing. I completed my degree in English and my PGCE in English and Drama, I was initially employed as an English and Drama teacher. Drama quickly became my strength and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the students building their confidence and finding their voice. I hope that I help my students in the same way that my English teacher helped me.
Drama Productions & Trips
I have been involved in drama from the start of my time at Accrington Academy in year 7; I then chose to study GCSE drama and continued my interest by taking A-level Drama and Theatre Studies. Throughout my academic life, Theatre Studies has always been clear favourite of mine. Both the practical and written aspects of the subject have broadened my knowledge of theatre, my confidence and my imagination. I have had so much fun in all the subject has to offer both in the classroom and in the extra-curricular performances such as “My Fair Lady” and “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and look forward to developing my creativity further at university.