Drama has the capacity to move and challenge values, and identities. We encourage students to explore and take risks as well as developing a sense of responsibility becoming independent learners. Through our drama curriculum we aim to empower students to understand and influence their world through exploring roles and situations. Drama is important to the growth of self-knowledge and self-worth. It encourages students to investigate their own values and those of others.


How are students assessed at Key Stage 3?

Year 7 & 8 – Students will be tested weekly on spellings, terminology and understanding of the course content. Every half term they will have a formal practical assessment in groups and an individual written task.
Year 9 – Students will be tested verbally and through written work on a variety of spellings, terminology and course content every lesson. There is a formal written and practical assessment every half term. They will also receive an end of year written examination.

How are students assessed at Key Stage 4?

Throughout every lesson students will be expected to lead and develop devising strategies. Each unit in year 10 will consist of 4 assessments; two written, two practical. We will complete trial assessments to prepare students for the formal GCSE requirements.

Students will be given a minimum expected grade for GCSE and they will be assessed half-termly to establish whether they are on track, above, below or significantly below.
Students are assessed on the three strands performance, devising and appreciation. Students will have the opportunity to develop technical skill and will study a number of texts. Students are given regular verbal feedback and when assessed (half-termly) are given targeted areas for improvement. Students sit a practical and written end of Key stage examination in the summer of Year 9. The development of skill in performance, devising and appreciation prepares students for GCSE Drama examination.
Due to the practical nature of the subject students will be expected to work in mixed ability groupings and become independent learners.
Drama Homework
In year 7 and 8 students will be given homework when required for performance. Due to the practical nature of the subject the homework’s will differ between units.
In year 9 students will be issued homework once a fortnight. The content of the homework will differ between different topics; this is mainly performance rehearsals and evaluative tasks.

Students will develop skills under the three strands of presenting and performing, devising and analysis. Students are assessed 60% practical and 40% written response. Students are regularly assessed on their performance, devising and written work. Following assessments students are given strengths and feedback on how to further improve their work. In year 11 students will complete two controlled assessments (30% each) where, they are given set hours to create their final piece. They will also sit a written examination.
In year 10 and 11 students will get homework every week. Some homework will form part of assessments and others will be compulsory group rehearsals and practical skill based tasks.

Enrichment/Extension Activities

• School Musical
• School Winter/Spring performances in the main hall.
• London overnight theatre experience.
• Performance at local theatres.
• Careers day at Derby Theatre.
• Theatre visits Derby, Birmingham, Leicester and London.
• West End Musicals.
• Links with local University providers.
• Drama workshops with professional working artists.

Careers information/next step information

After GCSE Drama…
BTEC, A-Levels, Undergraduate Degrees, Master Degrees, PHD’S.
Examples of Theatre Careers
Actor, Actress, Teacher, Arts Administrator, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Costume Designer, Set Designer, Prop Designer, Sound Engineer, Lighting Technician, Director, Producer, Front of House, Marketing, Administration, Radio, Media

Contact Information

Hannah Davies
Learning Director for Expressive and Performing Arts
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Rachael Morton Riley
Deputy Learning Director for Expressive and Performing Arts
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