Drama is an exciting, academic and practical subject, which encourages enquiry in other areas of the curriculum, from literature to philosophy, history to modern languages, science to PSHE. 

Popular with all students, drama is a collaborative subject, which seeks to build interpersonal skills such as leadership and team loyalty, whilst also developing oracy, the ability to analyse and a keen understanding of the form, language and meaning of performance.

Year 7

We develop collaborative work based clearly on the assessment objectives used at GCSE/BTEC and A Level to set the highest standards from the outset. Our initial work promotes confidence, fluency and inquiry. Work includes:

  • Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’;
  • Cross curricular projects with History on Slavery;
  • ‘The Creature’: building on role play, creative exploration and suspension of disbelief;
  • Working with other year groups on various creative projects.

Year 8

Creativity, collaboration and artistic risk taking continue to be developed alongside the knowledge of what makes an impactful performer. Oracy skills are developed and refined. Work includes:

  • ‘Macbeth’ (The Globe);
  • ‘Flannan Isle’ (poem);
  • ‘Lord of the Flies’.

Year 9

This year marks the beginning of the BTEC foundation year; practical and written work is keenly challenging and students’ work becomes more sophisticated and eclectic. Work includes:

  • Psychodrama;
  • ‘Othello’;
  • Monologues and audition work;
  • Crime and Punishment;
  • Hillsborough;
  • Group ensemble work;
  • Devising from a stimulus.

Year 10 & 11

BTEC study encompasses challenging texts and develops oral and written analysis.

  • Unit 1 = Individual Showcase (30 GLH) – externally assessed.* (25%)
  • Unit 2 = Preparation, Performance and Production (30 GLH) – internally assessed. (25%)
  • Unit 3 = Acting Skills (60GLH) – internally assessed. (50%)

*Unit 1 would in reality, be the synoptic assessment, for obvious reasons.

Written assessed work for the BTEC includes:

  • A letter of application (written under controlled exam conditions).

Unit 2 (Portfolio Evidencing Progression)

  • A log of annotated research notes, mind maps, notes from discussion activities;
  • A performance log;
  • Rehearsal diaries;
  • Character sketches;
  • Annotated photographs.

Unit 3 (Personal Learning Log)
Unit progression log (www/ebi specific PLCs)

The focus of all our work is based on unconditional mutual positive regard and respect for everyone to succeed to the best of their ability! We firmly believe that:
“A school without Drama is a school without a soul” (Peter Miller )
“Imagine what’s possible…”
“In Drama anything is possible!”

Where Can I Find Out More?

Point of contact:

Sharon Godfrey

Team Leader of Drama

Contact Sharon Godfrey who looks after this Drama course on:

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