Mrs Cayte McCarthy, Head of Drama
Mrs McCarthy grew up in South Wales. After studying A-Levels in Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature and Psychology, she furthered her studies at University Wales Institute Cardiff where she gained a 2:1 in BA (Hons) in Secondary Education Drama with QTS. Her degree was the only course of its kind in the UK, where drama teaching was the focus; she was able to develop her teaching in a range of schools across the 4 years gaining invaluable experience. Having danced since she was 3, she has also taught dance, choreographed throughout her teaching career and has a passion for physical theatre, contemporary dance and musical theatre.
Mrs McCarthy began her teaching career by leading and developing a flourishing Performing Arts department from scratch in a Specialist Performing Arts Academy in Bristol. She then returned to teaching in South Wales where she taught in a highly successful and vibrant Performing Arts Department with excellent results. As a strong advocate of enrichment activities, she has produced a variety of well-known musicals, plays and showcases with pupils. She has been fortunate to teach many pupils who have gone on to gain places in a number of prestigious Drama Schools and Universities. She has also overseen a dynamic Media Studies department leading to her being invited to become an ‘Into Film’ teacher ambassador, where she has been able to promote the use of film in the classroom to her peers and educators in other schools. In liason with ‘Into Film’ she has been able to give pupils opportunities to participate in workshops with well-known Hollywood professionals such as actors, screenwriters and directors.
Mrs McCarthy’s goals…
Mrs Cayte McCarthy
BA (Hons) in Secondary Education Drama with QTS – University Wales Institute Cardiff
Expectations of pupil progress
A progress measure identifies improvement in learning and therefore is a good measure of the impact an individual teacher has had on a pupil or class. Pupils are expected to make a minimum of 3 points’ progress in each subject each year. As part of teacher appraisals we will report on the average progress made by classes taught by each of our teachers. An average of three points is the expected progress measure. A progress measure of 4 points or more highlights good to outstanding teaching and learning. All progress measures at the Island Free School are taken from externally marked or moderated exams taken at the end of the year.
Mrs C. McCarty – Head of Drama
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