To build confidence and communication skills with others.

To explore creative avenues and how drama can be used to influence, persuade and entertain.

To develop an appreciation of how the arts can impact on both their own thoughts and society as a whole.



Mr. D Routledge – Director of Learning for Sport and Performance

Miss. N Wilson – Teacher of Drama and Performing Arts

Ms Furniss – Teacher of Drama / Assistant Principal

Mrs. Mustoe – Teacher of Drama / SEN Coordinator


Overview of KS3 Drama

Year 7

Students have an introductory year in drama learning all the main drama techniques such as narration, mime, still images, thought tracking, cross cutting, monologues and role play. They also look at characterisation through key texts such as Blood Brothers and Matilda.


Year 8

Students look at Macbeth and Inspector Calls to provide cross curricular links to the English GCSE. They also enhance their performance skills in topics such as the sinking of The Titanic, the consequences of crimes like drink driving and learn more about the main Practitioners in drama – Stanislavski and Brecht.


Year 9

Students are undertaking the Arts Award Bronze level. There are four main components:


Part A: Performance skills development culminating in a final show

Part B: Live Theatre event - review

Part C: Arts Inspiration – research into professionals

Part D: Leadership skills – running a workshop


A smaller group of students are taking a BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts.


Exam Board: Edexcel

There are three main elements to the BTEC Performing Arts course:


Unit 1: Individual Showcase – Students perform two monologues, and submit a Letter of Application under controlled conditions. (Externally assessed)


Unit 2: Preparation, Performance, Production – (Devised) Students are involved in a group devising project around the topic of bullying and neglect. Video of rehearsals/ Video of performance/ Written evidence of rehearsal logbook (Internally assessed)


Unit 3: Acting Skills  - (Scripted) Students develop their acting skills through a scripted performance and review their progress throughout. This unit is worth double the points in comparison to the other units. (Internally assessed)


Overview of KS4 Drama

GCSE Drama:


Exam Board: Edexcel

There are 3 main elements of the GCSE Drama course:


Unit 1: Drama Exploration (Devised) – 3 practical workshops / 2000 word written response.  Topic areas usually explore looking at the theme of Monsters and Victims (30%)

Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts (Scripted) – 3 practical workshops / 1000 word written response / 1000 word live theatre review.  Play texts usually explored is Blood Brothers. (30%)

Unit 3: Drama Performance – Practical examination on a given stimulus and marked by a visiting examiner.  Stimuli in the past have included the themes loss, change and individuality. (40%)


Overview of KS5 Drama and Theatre Studies

Exam Board: Edexcel

There are 4 main elements of the A-level Drama and Theatre Studies course.   2 units are completed in Y12 and 2 units are completed in Y13.


Unit 1: Exploration of Drama and Theatre – Practical workshops and 3000 written coursework and 1000 word Live theatre review.   Plays in the past have included Noughts and Crosses, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Dolls House and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time (20%)

Unit 2: Theatre text in performance – Practical examination featuring a group and solo performance and marked by a visiting examiner.   Previous performances have included Bouncers, The 39 Steps and My Mother Said. (30%)

Unit 3: – Exploration of Dramatic theatre – Devised performance on a given theme and 3500 written response about the work.  In the past students have explored the London riots, how the media manipulate society and the benefit system.  (20%)

Unit 4: Theatre text in context – 2.5 hour exam exploring set text and learning about original performance conditions.  Texts have included Lysistratra and Woyzeck and performances include Romeo and Juilet and Othello.


Useful links

An Actor Prepares – available at all bookshops or online




All Drama and Performing Arts students are encouraged to see as many theatre productions as possible.   The Royal and Derngate offer ‘Real Discounts’ – a scheme for young people aged 16 – 26 featuring many complimentary or discounted tickets.