Drama is part of the Performing Arts faculty along with Music.

We have built a vibrant, dynamic, and creative department which has a key role to play in our students’ personal development through classroom lesson and school-wide extra-curricular activities.

In Key Stage 3 pupils are beginning to address the world with a growing capacity for reflective thinking and learning, this is met with a progressive Drama curriculum covering both performance and theatre design. Students will explore both factual and fictional texts that help to broaden their understanding of different social, cultural, moral, and historical contexts and situations. Drama at this stage also promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved, and decisions made together. Drama often leads to a performance and creates opportunities for students to demonstrate their understanding, as well as promoting deeper levels of analysis as they evaluate the work of others.

At GCSE, pupils follow the OCR specification for Drama where they are able to personalise their course and study performance, design, or a combination of acting and technical disciplines. The curriculum at KS4 is designed to ignite and engage students’ creativity, passion, and interests. It also provides freedom for them to experiment and take risks with their work. The exam components focus on devising theatre from stimuli and performing existing texts.

The department also offers more able workshops and trips to professional theatre performances. We also produce outstanding school performances which use the facilities at Strode Theatre.

Some of our students have gone on to use the skills gained as the starting block for successful careers in theatre and the entertainment industry, whereas others may never occupy a stage space again but will undoubtedly have gained transferable skills such as negotiation, resilience, team work, cooperation, self-confidence, and public speaking.

Topics Covered this Academic Year

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn Term

Silent Movies: Skill based project where students will explore mime and improvisation.

Acting Skills: Character creation and developing vocal and movement skills.

Theatre genres and styles: In this module students will study different theatre styles and develop the skills needed to perform them, they will have the opportunity to explore physical theatre, verbatim theatre and theatre in education.


Designing for Theatre: In this module students will explore the practical application of design within the theatre industry including set, costume, props and make up design, as well as lighting and sound design and operation.

Spring Term

Storytelling: Creating improvisations with structure and dramatic tension.

Script exploration

GCSE Mini Module Devising Drama: This module is based on the GCSE unit ‘Devising Drama’. Students will choose from a variety of stimuli to create a piece of theatre of their own. Within this module they will explore; devising plot and character, designing for devised work and audience impact.
Summer Term Shadow Heights: A module that summarises the skills learned in the first year. GCSE Mini Module Presenting and Performing: This module is based on the GCSE unit ‘Presenting and Performing’. Students will work on a set text, taking it from page to stage. Within this module they will explore; skills used when interpreting scripts, genre and style, designing for script and use of performance space.

Last Updated: July 2018