Drama is taught by:

Ms K Chadwick Joint CTL Drama 
Ms S Probett Joint CTL Drama & Dance Teacher
Ms L Clarke Drama Teacher


We model our curriculum on the requirements of the GCSE.

These objectives are:

A01 - Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for performance.
A02 - Applying theatrical skills to realize artistic intentions.
A03 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed.
A04 - Analyse and evaluate their own work.

Details of studies per year

Year 7 - Antigone, Macbeth
Year 8 - Medea, Hamlet, WAR

How are they assessed

Pupils are assessed practically in lesson time through focussed assessment using simplified GCSE criteria.  This work is recorded and then loaded onto the Google classroom for evaluation and analysis.  They are also assessed through written portfolios and evaluations of their own work.  

Home learning

Home learning in KS3 includes learning and memorising lines for assessment lessons.  These texts can be accessed through Show My Homework.  Homework also involves writing their own scripts and planning for written assessment.  We use Google Classroom extensively and all work is securely stored on the platform.

How parents/carers can support their child

Taking an interest in what your child is doing, asking them to tell you what their work was like. They can alk to look at their work on Google classroom.  Give them access to high quality acting (not Eastenders) and taking them to the theatre whenever possible.



Students in KS4 cover a range of different themes, topics and issues all designed to prepare them for their GCSE assessments which take place throughout years 10 and 11. We cover play texts as well as in-depth explorations of social/political/historical issues and themes using a variety of stimuli from music and art to the written word.  The set text for the GCSE exam is DNA by Dennis Kelly.

Year 9

Autumn term: Blood Brothers (exploration of play text in preparation for Component 2 - performance from a text and 3 - written exam)

Spring term: Practitioners explored through text.  Stanislavski, Brecht and Boal.  This includes a food bank project in school.  Performance = 10% of the total mark, Written portfolio = 20% of total mark, Evaluation = 10% of total mark)

Summer term: DNA exploration of the set text.  Introduction to exam style questions.  Theatre visit and review

Year 10

Autumn term: Equality/Stonewall (devising unit in preparation for Unit 1 - devised practical performance)

Spring term: DNA Text study (preparation for Comp 3)

Summer term: Real devising exam Comp 1 (40%) Based around stimulus given by the exam board.  Devised practical performance 10% of total mark.  Written portfolio = 20% of total mark.  Evaluation = 10% of total mark.

Year 11

Autumn term: DNA revision for first half term.  Second half term is preparation for Comp 2 - choosing and research play texts for performance (20%)

Spring term: Comp 2: Performance from a text (externally assessed performance exam)

Summer term: Comp 3: Written examination (externally assessed 1½ hour exam).  DNA and theatre review.  Visit to the theatre.

Students are required to show interpretation skills and directorial skills as well as practical performance skills. 

Entry Pathway

We also offer a level 1 qualification  called the Drama Entry Pathway accredited by WJEC. 
This is not a GCSE but pupils can accumulate credits for a range of skills - voice, movement, creating an original piece and performing as part of a group.
This can be taught alongside the GCSE and may suit some pupils better than the GCSE.


We offer an extensive enrichment and extracurricular curriculum  alongside formal lessons.
Pupils have an opportunity to perform for an audience at the end of every term. This includes a whole school play, open to all in the Autumn Term.
We organise theatre visits at regular intervals for GCSE pupils. These trips are to venues such as The Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse, The National Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. These trips take place usually in the evening or on Saturdays to avoid missing learning time.
We also invite organisations such as Frantic Assembly, Fio, The Donmar Warehouse and English National Ballet to lead workshops at school so that our pupils can extend their understanding as well as work with industry professionals.

Home learning

Students will be expected to complete regular written assessments.  This will be set on Google Classroom.  They will be asked to keep a detailed record of their work as well as answer exam style questions.

As well as this they will be required to do independent research into the themes and issues we explore in lessons. This is particularly the case in year 10 and 11. (Comp 1 Devising Ideas)

They will be expected to learn lines for practical assessments. (Comp 2 Performance from Text)

All the resources they will need to access will be available on SMHW or Google Classroom.

How parents/carers can support their child

Taking an interest in what your child is doing, asking them to tell you what their work was like. Share what is being completed and recorded on Google Classroom.  Give them access to high quality acting (not Eastenders) and taking them to the theatre whenever possible.

Possible Careers

Jobs directly related to a degree in Drama and Theatre

Actor/actress Stage manager
Arts administrator Drama teacher
Drama therapist Television production assistant
Radio presenter Theatre director

Jobs where drama and theatre would be useful

Any job that requires confidences or working with others  
Youth & community worker Personnel manager
Social worker Journalist
Marketing manager Charities administrator

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