Drama

Overview of the subject

Drama is taught across all key stages and is a highly valued subject in our school curriculum. Students explore a wide range of topics, themes and techniques as well as developing their understanding of Drama as an art form and its place in our cultural heritage

Creating, performing and evaluating are at the core of our work across all key stages and pupils enjoy the freedom to explore and record their ideas, feelings and insights whilst working both individually and with their peers.

We are committed to maintaining our Arts Mark status and in July 2017 submitted our case study to gain Arts Mark Platinum. We will hear the outcome at some point in the autumn term.

We work closely with Art and Music on a number of cross curricular projects including Bronze Arts Award; an external qualification validated by the Arts Council and Trinity College London, which all students in Year 8 complete in the summer term.

We are particularly proud of the quality of our fully inclusive extra-curricular provision. All students are welcome to participate in school productions and clubs, the only criteria is enthusiasm and commitment!

Last academic year KS4 Drama students performed ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream’ at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Our end of year production was ‘Kes’ and involved students from Y7-12 involved as performers, back stage/technical production and designing and building the set. Our annual House Drama Competition gives students from across the school the chance to direct, write and perform their own original work. The House Drama competition is always eagerly anticipated as each house battle to win our coveted best production award and the OSCAR for best actor (male and female).

We enjoy working with and in our local community. In November 2016 our Y10 GCSE students delivered bespoke Theatre in Education projects in our local primary schools and for a Safeguarding Conference at Airedale Hospital for social workers, the medical profession and the police.

Theatre trips are an essential part of the curriculum. We regularly take students to see professional work both locally and as part of our annual London Theatre trip.

THE CURRICULUM AT EACH KEY STAGE

All students in KS3 study Drama for one each week.

A wide range of skills and techniques are taught and explored in these lessons, which develop their ability to create, perform and evaluate their own work as well as develop excellent leadership, analytical and communication skills.


Year 7

  • Mime and Physical Theatre – this includes work on exploring semiotics and production methods
  • Cross Curricular Arts Project – the chance to create an original class play, music and art work, which is performed to the rest of the year group
  • Exploring Texts – students are exposed to a range of play texts and develop the skills to take them from ‘Page to Stage’

Year 8

  • Voice work – this covers a wide range of vocal and performance techniques, script work as well as becoming more confident speakers and communicators
  • Mask work - exploring a particular style of theatre and developing their ability to communicate non-verbally.
  • Bronze Arts Award – a level 1 qualification validated by Trinity College London and the Arts Council

Year 9

  • Pantomime – exploring a British theatre tradition and creating a whole class pantomime
  • Devising – students create, rehearse and perform their own original work based on a given stimulus
  • Exploring texts – this unit continues the work on interpreting and performing play texts begun in Y7 and 8.

The devising and exploring texts units are designed to prepare students for GCSE Drama in Y10/11.

Perks of the course:

  • Students are given opportunities throughout KS3 to develop their leadership and team working skills
  • Work is lessons is practical based and students learn ‘by doing’
  • Reflection and analysis is a key element of all our work and is a key transferable skills for all students to develop
  • We encourage students to take risks and not be ‘afraid to fail’ in a safe and nurturing environment

Students may choose Edexcel GCSE Drama as an option subject. They have five one hour lessons every fortnight.

In an increasingly competitive world Drama fosters and develops skills employers and further and higher education settings are looking for:

  • Creativity
  • Reflective and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Problem solving skills
  • Confident and highly motivated


The exam specification is divided into three sections:

  • Component one: Devising
  • Component two: Performance from a text
  • Component three: Theatre makers in practice:
    • Section A Bringing Texts to Life
    • Section B – Live Theatre Evaluation

Perks of the course:

  • The majority of the course is taught through practical exploration and students enjoy learning ‘through doing and thinking on their feet’
  • School based choice of stimulus material for component 1 (Devised) allows us tailor the work to suit our students interests and ensure we engage them
  • In Y10 students have the chance to ‘practice’ all three components as assessment does not take place until Y11

Students may choose Edexcel A Level Drama and Theatre as an option subject. They can also choose to work towards their Gold Arts Award as an enhancement activity to complement their academic studies.

The skills fostered and developed at A level Drama are highly sought after by employers and higher education settings.

GCE Drama and Theatre is accepted as entry onto a wide range of university courses.

The media and creative industries are one of the fastest growing industries in the UK and contribute 7.9 billion pounds a year to the economy. A qualification in Drama and Theatre can ensure students are equipped to join this sector.

A Level Drama and Theatre

  • Introduction to key practitioners
  • Devising – creating of an original performance using a key extract from a text and a practitioner as a starting point
  • Theatre makers in practice – Interpreting two different performances texts
  • Live theatre evaluation
  • Text in performance – group performance/design realisation of a key extract from a text plus a monologue or duologue from a different text

Perks of the course:

  • Drama students are perceived as being confident, articulate communicators and solution focused
  • Students develop their knowledge and understanding of Drama as an art form and develop their ability to apply this in a range of practical and academic tasks
  • The majority of the course is taught through practical exploration and students enjoy learning ‘through doing and thinking on their feet’
  • Students are given the opportunity to lead and direct the work in lessons as well plan activities

Unit 1 Personal arts development

  • Extend your own arts practice
  • Development opportunities within the wider arts sector
  • Research advanced practitioners and review arts events
  • Form and communicate a view on an arts issue


Unit 2 Leadership of an arts project

  • Identify a project aims and outcomes
  • Organise the people and resources required to run the project
  • Manage the effectiveness of the project
  • Manage a public showing of the work
  • Arts leadership project report


Perks of the course:

  • This award give students ‘real’ examples to write about and discuss on application forms and in interviews
  • It is worth UCAS points
  • Students can follow their own interests and develop both existing and new skills
  • The leadership unit on the course develops excellent organisational and communication skills