Welcome to the Performing Arts – Drama department


We aim to equip all learners with the relevant theatre skills and knowledge to enable them to learn about and progress through the art form of drama along with equipping them with, not only the skills, techniques, knowledge and the vocabulary of theatre but also an understanding of the place of this art form in a wider social and historical context.


As a department we have an outstanding reputation for the level of creativity and progress our learners display in lessons and at Key Stage 4, we have consistently gained over 90% A*-C.

What topics will I study in KS3?  (Year 7, 8, 9)

At Key Stage 3, all actors begin with learning basic skills and techniques which will enable them to move on to GCSE.  Assessments are completed twice every half term in which actors are assessed on their work in rehearsal, performance and then on how they evaluate their own work and the work of others.

Year 7

  • Introduction to Drama
  • Spaceship Orion
  • Greek Theatre
  • Darkwood Manor
  • World War 2
  • Greenhaven

Year 8

  • Sweeney Todd
  • Commedia Dell A’rte
  • Titanic
  • Masks
  • Medieval Mystery Plays
  • Stories from Other Cultures

Year 9

  • Theatre Practitioners
  • Elizabeth Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Melodrama
  • Introduction to script

Blood Brothers

Can I study this subject at KS4?  (Year 10 & 11 – GCSE)

Students can choose to study Drama as one of their option choices.

Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?

There is a thriving Year 7 Drama Club which runs weekly.

Students who participate in the Bronze Arts Award will visit the theatre and create a portfolio of work. We have a number of visiting practitioners and workshop leaders plus opportunities to perform in small or large scale productions.

What careers might this lead to?

Students studying Drama could follow careers in the theatre, TV or film either performing or in technical theatre. Other career paths could include English or Media,  journalism or teaching.

Further studies at A-level in Drama & Theatre studies and Performing Arts, BTEC in Performing Arts or industry based apprenticeships would be available to Drama students.


Useful website links:

National Theatre

Shakespeares Globe

Rose Theatre Kingston

National Theatre Archive

V&A Theatre Archive

Routledge Performance Archive