I think there is no world without theatre.
– Edward Bond

Drama in schools is a practical artistic subject that allows students to explore and make sense of the world in which they live.

The main aims of the department are:

  • To develop a sense of aesthetic understanding.
  • To explore a variety of human circumstances and emotions.
  • To develop an appreciation of social, cultural and historical differences.
  • To encourage self-confidence, particularly in the ability to communicate verbally and non-verbally.
  • To encourage respect for and trust of others.
  • To develop an understanding of the ways in which people work together.
  • To develop a sense of achievement from completing and/or presenting practical work.
  • To be able to evaluate both the work of the individual and the larger group.

 These aims will be met through the following objectives:

  • Understanding of the educational, social and cultural purposes of drama.
  • Awareness and employment of dramatic conventions.
  • The use of a range of dramatic forms to express ideas and feelings.
  • The ability to use performance skills appropriately, fluently and with confidence and enjoyment.
  • Selection and shaping of material to achieve the maximum dramatic impact through awareness of audience.
  • Appreciation of drama in performance, both as participant and spectator.

Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 students have one lesson per week. Students will learn and develop key performance skills and techniques. Units of work also provide students with the opportunity to explore lighting and sound elements of performance.

  YEAR   7 YEAR   8 YEAR   9
AUTUMN   TERM 1 Introduction to Drama

Basic   Skills

Comedy What is Theatre?
AUTUMN   TERM 2 Simon’s Story Nightmares Improvisation


SPRING   TERM 1 Silent Movies/Fairytales Radio Plays Devising
SPRING   TERM 2 Darkwood Manor


Red Shoes Devised Performance
SUMMER   TERM 1 Shakespeare The Foundling Introduction to Script
SUMMER   TERM 2 Over the Wall

Scriptwork   – consolidating skills

Lizzie Borden

Consolidating skills

Scripted Performance

Key Stage 4

Students that opt to continue studying Drama are entered for GCSE Drama building on the core skills covered at Key Stage 3.

Year 10 Programme

The new AQA Drama GCSE course is structured into 3 components.

 Component 1: Understanding drama – 40% of GCSE

Written exam: I hour and 45 minutes

  • Study of a set text
  • Review of a live theatre production

Component 2: Devising drama – 40% of GCSE
Practical performance and supporting logbook.

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

Component 3: Texts in practice – 20% of GCSE
Practical performance to a visiting examiner

  • Performance of two extracts from one play

Year 11 Programme

Currently students follow the WJEC exam board and assessment is made on the following units.

UNIT ONE: Devised Practical Performance (60% 120 marks)


40% Devised Performance

  • Candidates will devise a practical performance based on a piece of given stimuli, linked with a practitioner or genre.
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated with task two.


20% Devised Performance Report

  • Candidates will complete a written report on the practical work they completed in Task One, under formal supervision.
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated with task one.

 UNIT TWO: Performance from a Text (20% 50 marks)

  • Candidates will be assessed on either their acting or a theatre design skill, in a scene from a published play.
  • Externally assessed by a visiting examiner in April/May.Written Paper: 1½ hours

UNIT THREE: Written Examination (20% 50 marks)

Written Paper: 1½ hours

  • Candidates will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director and to evaluate practical work completed in Unit 2.

Key Stage 5

Many students choose to continue their study of Drama and Theatre at Post-16. We follow the AQA examination board as this allows students to further develop their performance skills whilst gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of both contemporary and traditional theatre forms. The course consists of four units.

Year 12 Programme


Written Exam – 40%

What’s assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of two set plays – “Jerusalem” by Jez Butterworth and “Our Country’s Good” by Wertenbaker
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers


Practical performance and reflective report – 30%

What’s assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama


Practical performance and reflective report – 30%

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play.
  • Practitioner is prescribed to one extract, which is performed as a final assessed piece.
  • Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.

Year 13 Programme

The course consists of four units.

AS – UNIT 1 – 1 ½ Hour Written Examination –  30%

Section A – Live Theatre Production Seen – Students will write an evaluation of a live theatre performance

Section B – Prescribed Play – Students will answer one question on a set play (Currently “A Doll’s House” by Ibsen). Students are required to answer from the viewpoint of an actor, director or designer focusing on the performance perspective.

AS – UNIT 2 – Practical Examination –  20%

Presentation of an Extract from a Play – Students will perform an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes Students’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

A2 – UNIT 3 – 2 Hour Written Examination – 30%

Section A: Pre-Twentieth Century  – Students answer one question on a set play from this period (currently “A Servant of Two Masters”  by Carlos Goldoni).

Section B: Twentieth Century or Contemporary Drama – Students answer one question on a set play from this period (currently “Our Country’s Good” by Timberlake Wertenbaker).

A2 – UNIT 2 – Practical Examination –  20%

Presentation of Devised Drama – Students are required to present for an audience a devised drama, performed in a theatrical style of their choice. Assessment is based on both the process and the outcome of their work. Students are required to produce supporting notes to demonstrate their understanding of the process and to outline their dramatic intentions for the audience.


Extra-Curricular Activities

“Stage Right” is an extra-curricular activity that is “run by the students, for the students”. The activity takes place twice a week and is a chance for students to further develop their performance skills in workshop situations. Skills covered include, stage combat, improvisation, mask-work, characterisation, storytelling, immersive theatre, verbatim and text work.

Students work is show-cased throughout the year and allows the wider community an opportunity to experience the wealth of talent and creativity that is present across all Key Stages.

In addition, as a school we aim to regularly provide an opportunity for a whole school production, that takes place at The Landmark Theatre. Recent productions have included:-

2009 – Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

2011 – Oliver!

2013 – We Will Rock You!

2015 – Grease!

2016 – Our House

For more information contact Head of Department:

Emma Stannard


Content updated January 2017


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