Year 7

In Year 7, the Drama curriculum includes a range of different topics. Students begin the year with Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ where they are taught how an actor uses their voice and body to create a believable performance. Students then move onto use Theatre in Education to inform an audience about the consequences of bullying. Later in the term, topics include a scripted performance of Diane Samuel’s ‘Kindertransport’ and finally students devise their own performances by using a range of performance conventions.

Year 8

In Year 8, students develop their drama skills further by learning about other styles and genres of theatre. Topics include Trestle Mask, Pantomime and Silent Movies. Students go on to refine their devising skills and characterisation by preparing for a whole class performance in the style of ‘Soap Opera’.

Year 9

In Year 9, drama students prepare for GCSE Drama by studying key practitioners and theatre makers, in particular Stanislavski and Brecht. Students will apply these key practioners methods and conventions in range of different plays. Topics in Year 9 include Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’, John Godber’s ‘Teechers’ and Theatre in Education.

Year 10

The course is run by AQA. The course is designed to engage and encourage students to become confident performers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future.

During their time in GCSE Drama, students to do what they like best – participate in performance.

All students devise drama.

All students explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.

All students watch live theatre.

Students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons. Drama in Key Stage 4 ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level.

Component 2: Devising Drama (practical) What's assessed.

  • Process of creating devised drama.
  • Performance of devised drama.
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work how it's assessed.
  • Devising log (60 marks).
  • Devised performance (20 marks).
  • 80 marks in total.
  • 40% of GCSE.

Year 11

Component 1: Understanding drama what's assessed.

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • Study of one set play.
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers how it's assessed.
  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Open book.
  • 80 marks.
  • 40% of GCSE.

Component 3: Texts in practice (practical) what's assessed.

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (Contrast of set play chosen for Component 1) how it's assessed.
  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks).
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work how it's assessed.
  • Devising log (60 marks).
  • Devised performance (20 marks).
  • 40 marks in total.
  • 20 % of GCSE.

It is our vision to enrich the learning experience of the entire school community


KS3 students are welcome to attend our Drama club ‘ACT OUT’ where they can experience the process of putting on a production for a live audience. Students that attend our after school groups are encouraged to take part in productions and performances throughout the year. Students attending ACT OUT’ can work towards the national college qualification called the Acting Award, completing the bronze certificate.

3-4pm Tues - KS4 projects.

3-4pm Weds – ‘Act Out’ plus Arts Award.

3-4 pm Thurs - Rehearsals for half termly projects.

3-4pm Fri – KS4 rehearsals in the Drama studio.

*The schedule might be subject to change. Students are encouraged to check the Drama noticeboard.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre Educational Partnership.

The Drama department is proudly associated with the Oldham Coliseum’s Secondary Education Partnership. The aim of the Secondary Education Partnership Scheme is to inspire students through cultural activity, to learn and become immersed in a creative process, through gaining knowledge and understanding in all aspects of producing theatre.

The Scheme includes:

  • Inter-school Performance.
  • Student master classes.
  • Theatre Experience Morning.
  • Free Theatre tickets.

GCSE Results

It is the vision of the Drama department to ensure each child enjoys and excels in Drama.

In 2016 96% of students made expected progress with 47.8% of students making 4 or more levels of progress.

In 2016 GCSE Drama students exceeded the national average of 73% A* - C grades with 80%.

In 2016 8.3% of Drama students achieved the top A and A* grades.

GCSE Drama

GCSE Bitesize

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