Drama


Welcome to the Drama Department.

The Academy has excellent facilities for the performing Arts, including a large fully equipped dedicated Theatre, for classes and stage productions. There are also two studio classrooms for Drama lessons.

Department Staff


Name Position
Mrs K Slee Head of Department
Miss L Yale Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator
Miss M Dawson Teacher of Drama


Syllabus - Year 7


Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
The Orient Express The Haunted School Mime & Melodrama
The Factory Survivor

Syllabus - Year 8


Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Scripted Drama About His Person Natural Disasters
Titanic Evacuees

Syllabus - Year 9


Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Blood Brothers Theatre in Education Exploring Issues Gang Culture
Surviour Hillsborough  

GCSE - Drama


GCSE Drama follows on from the work done at KS3 but allows students to develop devising and acting skills to a higher level. Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of production values and apply these when creating, analysing, evaluating and writing about drama and theatre.

Component 1: Devising – Internally Assessed
The creation and development of a devised piece based on a given stimulus. Students are assessed on the final performance of the devised work and a portfolio analysing and evaluation upon both process and product.

Component 2: Performance from Text – Externally Examined
Students perform two key extracts from a performance text. This is undertaken as monologues, duologues and/or group performance, examined by a visiting examiner in front of an audience.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – Externally Assessed Written Examination
Section A: Students answer a range of questions from the perspective of a director, performer and designer based on an unseen extract of a performance text.
Section B: The analysis and evaluation of a live theatre performance seen and explored during the GCSE course.


Post 16 - Drama & Theatre


It is useful to have taken Drama at GCSE level but not essential. It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are keen to be involved with performances.

It is important that you are keen to be involved with performances

This course requires practical, creative and communication skills. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. You will also have the opportunity to write about drama and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama productions, as well as studying plays and playwrights & practitioners.


A-Level Units


Component 1: Devising – Internally Assessed
The devising of an original performance piece inspired by a key extract from a performance text and a theatre practitioner. Students are assessed on the performance created and a portfolio analysing the process undertaken.

Component 2: Text In Performance – Externally Examined
Students must demonstrate skills in performance to an audience. The first section is a group performance of a chosen text and the seconds is a monologue or duologue from a different text.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – Externally Assessed Written Examination
Section A: Students answer one extended response question analysing and evaluating a live theatre performance seen.
Section B: Extended response questions based on an unseen extract from a complete play text studied. Students demonstrate how text can be realised in performance from the perspective of a performer and a designer.
Section C: Extended response question based on a second performance text. Students demonstrate how a re-imagined production concept will communicate ideas to a contemporary audience.


Department Staff


Name Position
Mrs K Slee Head of Department
Miss L Yale Teacher of Drama
Miss M Dawson Teacher of Drama


Exam Specifications


Exam Specification
GCSE EdExcel
A-Level EdExcel


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