Through drama, students can explore themes and issues from the safety of ‘one removed’, helping them to develop empathy and an understand of the world in which we live.


Drama teachers use their individual expertise and passion to develop a growth in students’ practical ability, as well as developing transferable skills such as collaboration and effective communication.

Opportunities are provided for students to develop their analytical and evaluation skills, through regular peer and self-assessment of both the performances created and the process undertaken. Written analysis provides all students the opportunity to share their analytical understanding of drama and theatre in a safe and supported manner.

Scripted drama is utilised to develop student’s ability to understand texts and infer meaning before communicating this to an audience. Imagery, poetry, music and topical issues are used for devised units, introducing students to new topics or building upon prior knowledge. Looking at key events in history provides students with the opportunity to make links in their learning across different subject areas, as well as developing empathy for what others have endured.

Students of drama are assessed against the departments four underpinning principles, Respond / Develop, Collaborate, Perform and Evaluate. Effective teamwork is encouraged, along with the ability to communicate with peers in an open and mature manner. Production values are introduced at an early stage to provide students with a wider insight into drama, preparing them for future study of the roles of an actor, director, creator and designer.

Opportunities are provided for students to share their achievements through regular performances of the work created. Students are taught to value the role whole group simultaneous performances can have when assessing learning and also as a tool for developing confidence.

Beyond the classroom, students engage in a range of extra-curricular activities from drama clubs to the annual Academy production. Close links with the RSC provide students with the opportunity to see professional theatre, as well as the chance to perform alongside the company or participate in workshops led by its associates.

Such experiences provide motivation and inspiration for KS3 students, enabling them to see drama beyond the role of an actor and giving an insight into the wide roles within the world of theatre.


Department Staff
Staff Role
Mrs K Slee Head of Department
Mrs L Yale Teacher of Drama
Miss M Dawson Teacher of Drama