Key Stage 3:

Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 have one lesson of drama per week.
At this stage we emphasise performance and evaluation while nurturing and encouraging interpersonal skills like communication and team building. During the course pupils study a number of different disciplines including – Improvisation, Storytelling, Devising, Scripted Performance, Poetry, Shakespeare and Physical Theatre.

As pupils begin year 9, written elements are introduced and pupils learn how to evaluate their own and their peers’ performances. In year 9 the pupils study influential theatre practitioners such as, Berkoff, Boal and Stanislavski and begin to look at key drama genres.

The performing arts department offer at least three extracurricular performance opportunities a year. Some of our recent productions include Annie, Once on This Island, Free! and High School Musical.

Key Stage 4:

The Eduqas drama GCSE is broken down into three components. Component one begins in year 10.

Component one

Devised Practical Performance (40%).

In groups of 2-5, pupils will devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre. Alongside the practical work, pupils write a portfolio and a written evaluation on the practical work you have created and performed.

Component two

Performance from a Text (20%)

In groups of 2-4 pupils will perform a scene from a published play directed by their teacher but managed and rehearsed by themselves.

Component three

Written Examination (40%)

Pupils are assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director and to evaluate a live piece of theatre

Contact details:

Mrs Charles, Head of drama: [email protected]