Drama

We must overcome the notion that we must be regular… it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre. Uta Hagen

The Drama department operates on the principle that the subject can provide a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum for students. The students are encouraged to reach their potential in a creative and safe environment.

Drama can raise self-esteem, build a positive self image and promote assertiveness. Students develop speaking and listening skills as well as learning to develop and express themselves physically. We encourage independence, creativity and help form well rounded, confident students.

Drama has close links with other departments in school, in particular with Music and Art, through the whole school play. The department consists of three members of staff that specialise in Drama throughout all three key stages. We have a specialist drama studio with lighting rigs and a sound system, as well as, a school hall housing sound and lighting with a proscenium arch stage and 210 seat capacity.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Drama department aims to introduce the students to a range of theatre styles and genres. Key Stage 3 is about experiencing what is possible within the realms of your imagination and with a little bit of structure.

The work is fun and inclusive and focuses on building key skills, such as communication and teamwork. It requires you to think on a different level and learn through inspiration and action.

There are regular theatre trips for all exam groups. We build on strong relationships with professional theatre companies and our links with Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse theatres.

The enthusiasm for the subject begins to build in Year 7 and grows stronger as the students make their way through Key Stage 3. Drama has the ability to build confidence and empower students, which allows them to make mistakes and solve their own problems. Student teacher relationships are based on providing a secure learning environment where communication is fundamental to achievement.

Key Stage 3 is about experiencing what is possible within the realms of your imagination and with a little bit of structure. The work is fun and inclusive and focuses on building key skills, such as communication, collaboration and co-operation. It ranges from basic skills in Year 7 to Trestle mask work in Year 9.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

KS4 students are placed on AQA Drama GCSE or BTEC First Performing Arts (Acting).

AQA Drama GCSE

Component 1: Understanding Drama

  • Study of one set play: Blood Brothers
  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes. Open book; 80 marks; 40% of GCSE
  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (44 marks)
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)

Component 2: Devising Drama (practical)

  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Assessed through a Devising log (60 marks) and Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total and 40% of GCSE, this component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1
  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks)
  • Extract 2 (20 marks). 40 marks in total and 20% of GCSE, this component is marked by AQA

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts

Core Units Optional Specialist Units
  1. Individual Showcase | Assessed Externally | 30 Hours
  2. Preparation, Performance and Production | Assessed Internally | 30 Hours
  1. Acting Skills | Assessed Internally | 60 Hours
  2. Dance Skills | Assessed Internally | 60 Hours
  3. Musical Theatre Skills | Assessed Internally | 60 Hours
  4. Music Performance Skills | Assessed Internally | 60 Hours
  5. Production Skills for Performance | Assessed Internally | 60 Hours