The Drama department is a fun, energetic (and sometimes rather noisy!) department. Drama aims to develop a student’s confidence whilst encouraging enthusiasm and creativity. There is a strong focus on asking students to work co-operatively with others and developing their interpersonal skills.

Specific information about the Key Stage 3 curriculum and how it is assessed:
The Key Stage 3 curriculum introduces and explores a range of different dramatic skills and techniques. Students are given the opportunity to work from scripts and to devise their own performance pieces. Co-operation, participation and imagination are strongly emphasised.

There is one assessment task per half term. For each assessment, students are marked on 3 key areas to do with their rehearsal skills, their performance skills and their skills in evaluating work by giving constructive feedback.

Specific information about the Key Stage 4 curriculum and how it is assessed:
Over two years, students will complete a BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts (Acting pathway). This qualification is the equivalent of one GCSE on the 9-1 grading scale.
Students will study three components of work comprising of: Component 1 –Exploring the Performing Arts, Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts, and Component 3 – Performing to a Brief.
Component 1 and 2 are each worth 30% of a student’s total grade and are internally assessed with samples of work being externally moderated by examiners in the UK. Component 1 is theory based and will examine the work of existing dramatic practitioners and the processes used to create performance. Component 2 will be taught in conjunction with the previous component and will be practically based where students will explore dramatic skills and techniques within workshops and will reproduce work from existing published texts.

Component 3 is externally assessed and is worth 40% of a student’s final grade. This component, taught in Year 11, will ask students to respond to a performance brief set by the exam board. Students will have 12 weeks to explore and develop performance work from a set stimulus, keeping a log of their activities. They will perform to an invited audience and later complete an evaluation of their rehearsal process and final performance. The student’s written work and recorded performance will be sent to the UK for assessment.

Department slogan: ‘All the world’s a stage!’

KS4 Performing Arts Uniform
A Performing Arts polo-shirt – with the option of leggings for Dance - is recommended for practical work and can be purchased through the following link:


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