• Drama

Drama

Opportunities for self expression

Drama encourages students to investigate and explore issues through co-operation with their peers and the development and presentation of their ideas. Drama also encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills and teaches them, particularly at GCSE level, about the art of theatre, thus enhancing their social and cultural experience. 

Team working and “soft” skills are built upon and students gain valuable group working skills which are transferable to other subjects. It also serves to develop all the PLTS skills. Drama assists in the development of literacy skills, allowing students to develop both their language skills and their visual literacy. Performance opportunities provide students with opportunities to gain confidence in public speaking and acting.

Our Approach

The Drama department aims to deliver a balanced curriculum that offers students the opportunity to learn both through and about drama.  Schemes of work have been written to allow opportunities for the exploration of themes and issues as well as teaching the techniques of drama and theatre as an art form. 


Throughout Key Stage 3 and into Key Stage 4, the emphasis is on the following key areas: the exploration of attitudes, values and behaviour, the creation of roles and relationships, group co-operation, interpretation and analysis, communication and presentation. Drama practitioners visit the school regularly to deliver workshops to students and a successful history of school productions has been established.  Visits are also made to West End theatre productions.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Students have one hour of Drama per week.

The main focus in year 7 Drama is to promote trust and build confidence so that creative work can take place in a mutually supportive atmosphere. The half-termly schemes of work offer opportunities for students to respond, perform and evaluate drama work at the same time as introducing key drama strategies such as freeze-frame, hot-seating and narration. Students are assessed across three main areas: Group work, Performance and Evaluation.

Year 8

Students have one hour of Drama per week.

In Year 8 Drama, students select and use a range of drama strategies such as cross-cutting, hot-seating and still image to shape their work.  The stimulus for drama includes both the exploration of play texts and of theme, with an emphasis on learning both through, and about drama. Students are given opportunities to perform within lessons and to evaluate their own work and the work of others. Students are assessed across three main areas: Group work, Performance and Evaluation.

Year 9

Students have one hour of Drama per week.

In Year 9 Drama, students select and use a range of drama strategies such as cross-cutting, hot-seating and still image to shape their work. The stimulus for drama includes both the exploration of play texts and of theme, with an emphasis on learning both through, and about drama. Students are given opportunities to perform within lessons and to evaluate their own work and the work of others. There is a focus in Year 9 on extended projects, where students work over a number of weeks to produce both devised and scripted performances. Students are assessed across three main areas: Group work, Performance and Evaluation.


Key Stage 4

Through both written and practical work, students explore drama through a range of stimuli, including set texts and theatre productions. They develop their skills as creative performers both independently and as members of a group. Students have an opportunity to use drama forms to deepen their knowledge and understanding of an idea or issue and then to communicate their understanding through both written and practical activities.