“Theatre is the art of looking at ourselves”

Our Drama curriculum intends to:

  • Develop pupils’ confidence, expressive skills, creativity and emotional intelligence.

  • Develop greater cultural capital through broadening their knowledge and understanding of variety of dramatic styles and genre.

  • Give opportunities to contribute to the school and wider community.

Course content:

From Year 7 pupils explore a range of different genres and drama techniques, building their confidence and self awareness. Many pupils opt to supplement their formal learning by joining our popular after school Drama club. In this they are given the opportunity to work with older pupils and participate in our annual performances.

In Year 9 pupils will have increased time and opportunity to develop their practical dramatic skills, develop their understanding of role and genre and improve a greater sense of how to appreciate theatre and play structures. Pupils also are invited to participate and take more senior roles in our plays and musicals to further enhance their skills.

From Year 10 pupils being their GCSE course and will cover the following aspects:

Component 1: Understanding Drama - 40% of the GCSE

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.

  • Study of one set play from a choice of six (selected by the Drama department).

  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

Component 2: Devising Drama (practical) - 40% of GCSE

  • Process of creating devised drama.

  • Performance of devised drama

  • Analysis and evaluation of own work.


Component 1 - Written exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes; open book: 80 marks. 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 log (60 marks); Devised performance (20 marks); 80 marks in total; This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3:

  • Texts in Practice (practical) 20 % of GCSE


Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks) 40 marks in total.