Drama

Our Drama lessons are taught in two specialist, well-equipped drama spaces. The aims of our Drama course are to allow students to develop their creativity, communication skills, confidence and co-operative skills.

What will I study?

All our students study drama at Key Stage 3. The schemes of work embrace both skills and issue-based approaches. Dramatic skills, such as improvisation and role-play are explored, while focusing on issues relevant to the students’ needs. Drama, therefore, enhances a students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

How will I be monitored and assessed?

Key Stage 3 students are given levels of assessment according to the agreed standards for drama. Key Stage 4 students are assessed in accordance with the exam board guidelines. 60% of the total GCSE mark is teacher assessed (40% practical workshops, 20% controlled assessment and 40% externally-examined practical performance in a group).

What will happen in KS4?

In Drama, students extend their previous skills and techniques and develop skills in technical theatre, script, acting technique and appreciations of live performance. The drama GCSE course entails both practical and written work, where students consolidate and extend their learning from KS3. Students build upon skills by comparing and contrasting texts and stimuli based on a variety of themes. Assessments are conducted via two teacher-led workshops with written portfolio evidence and a final devised or scripted group performance before a visiting examiner.

The course entails both practical and written work. Students are encouraged to reach a high standard of performance and evaluate, in a constructive way, their own work and that of others. The course is then concluded with a written exam. Theatre visits are an integral part of the course.