Performance and Expressive Arts

Faculty Leader: Miss C Leath

Subject Leader: Mrs E Andrew

Aims of the department

Courses based on this specification should encourage students to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
  • explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
    develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performance
  • work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
  • develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students who are able to make informed choices in process and performance
    contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
  • develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice
    adopt safe working practices

Key Stage 3

Students follow a programme of skill development which reflects GCSE Drama and is assessed against that criteria.  The skills they develop encourage performance and every aspect of it. Skills developed are also a basis for continued work at GCSE level in KS4.   Students are encouraged to perform their work for others and to evaluate it to improve development. 

Drama Club meets regularly to offer further opportunities. Students have the option to be involved in performances during most terms of the year to demonstrate their skills.  These are widely varied in style and reflect all aspect of performance from acting to movement, speech and mime. Some performances are auditioned and others are open to all levels of skill.  Extended curricular opportunities include visits to see performances in a range of genre, as well as extended rehearsal opportunities at week-ends and evenings. Performances include musical theatre, Shakespeare, pantomime, plays and reading for events.

Key Stage 4

What course do students follow?


What will students study?

The specification engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future.  The opportunity to participate in performance is built into lessons as much as possible.

All students devise drama.
All students explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.
Students can choose to develop as a:
• performer
• designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
• performer and designer.
Whichever option they choose, students can be sure to gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Transferable Skills

Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.

Details of Examination and Coursework


Where can I find more information?

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Assessment resources

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