Staffing of the department

Mr Jones – Teacher of Drama

Educational philosophy & Aims of the curriculum

“With theatre, you have to be ready for anything”

Willem Dafoe

The study of drama helps develop an appreciation of the subject as an art form playing a critical role within our society. Drama makes an enormous contribution to students’ personal development, building their self esteem and confidence. In today’s world, employers are looking for mature, creative people who can communicate effectively – precisely the skills that drama develops.

Drama involves working effectively as part of a team, challenging your opinions through listening and and refining ideas, while developing performance skills. It develops a sense of commitment and the ability to appreciate and appraise constructively. All students are encouraged to be independent learners, planning their work using and research techniques, physical and verbal skills.

KS4 Curriculum

Drama is an option at KS4 that means following an exciting, creative and challenging course. The balance between the controlled assessment tasks and the written examination gives candidates the best opportunity to succeed.

Areas of study include:

  • Devising theatre
  • Acting
  • Script-work
  • Improvisation
  • Brecht
  • Stanislavski
  • Physical Theatre
  • Set Design
  • Costume
  • Lighting
  • Sound and Stage Management.

KS4 Programme of study

Drama is offered as a GCSE option and is a popular subject.  We follow the Eduqas course. Students are, by now, equipped with a range of drama techniques and acting styles ranging from Physical Theatre to Brecht, which will help them devise theatre, interpret scripts and appreciate live theatre.

Click here for the Eduqas Drama GCSE Specification

KS4 Exam details

Component 1: Devising Theatre 

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

40% of qualification Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.
Learners must produce:

·         a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
·         a portfolio of supporting evidence
·         an evaluation of the final performance or design.

Component 2: Performing from a Text

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

20% of qualification Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
Learners study two extracts from the same performance text chosen by the centre.
Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from both extracts.

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of qualification

Section A: Set Text
A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

1.     The Tempest, William Shakespeare
2.     The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
3.     Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
4.     War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
5.     DNA, Dennis Kelly.

Section B: Live Theatre Review
One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public

BBC Bitesize

Eduqas GCSE specfication