Key Stage 3

General Skills
Within Drama at KS3 students will research, discuss and use drama techniques to explore character and situations. Students will devise and present scripted and improvised dramas in response to a range of stimuli.

Autumn Term One
Year 8: Silent Movie

Autumn Term Two
Year 8: Playwright Project

Spring Term One
Year 8: Romeo and Juliet

Spring Term Two
Year 8: Physical Theatre

Summer Term One
Year 8: Exploring a stimulus

Summer Term Two
Year 8: Oliver Twist

Students in KS3 will be assessed during every praising star cycle, through their own individual response to rehearsal, performance and reflection.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama General SkillsOCR
GCSE Drama extends the learning in drama at Key Stage 3.

This is a very practical course and it is designed to ask students deep and complex questions about the world around them. It allows you to put yourselves in another’s shoes and consider the world with a different perspective. Throughout the course you will be expected to think about situations and issues and explore them through practical drama and through written documentary evidence.

Progress is tracked through every praising stars cycle, and students will receive regular constructive feedback on their work within class time, parent’s evenings and during catch up.

Year 10 will study the following:

Unit 1: Page to Stage (30%) Spring 2017
10 hours controlled assessment to create coursework and assessment performance from a selected text. (Internally Assessed)

Unit 2: Drama in the Making (30%)
10 hours controlled assessment creating both written coursework and devising a performance from a series of stimuli. (Internally Assessed)

Unit 3: Externally Assessed Performance (40%) Summer 2017
In this unit you will be assessed by a visiting examiner on your acting or technical contribution within the performance of a short play.

Year 9 will study the following:

Component 1: Devising Drama – SPRING 2017 60 marks – 30%
Students will create a devised performance in groups. They will be able to select a starting point from a range of stimuli provided by the exam board.

Component 2: Text Performance – Autumn 2017 60 marks – 30%
Students will study a text chosen by the centre.
Students will take a part in two performances of two extracts from the text. They can work as a performer or designer in this component.

Component 3: Exam – 40% – Summer 2018
Section A
50 marks
Students will be asked about preparing and performing a text. They will draw on the experience of studying a whole text during the course from a list set by the exam board.

Section B
30 marks
This section asks the students to review a performance they have seen on their course.


Achieved 2016 (OCR)
100% A-C

73.1% A-C National Average

Key Stage 5

*AS and A level Drama *
You will explore play texts through workshops that develop understanding of the play, characterisation, Vocal awareness, practitioner approaches, visual, aural and spatial elements of performance.

1st year:
One complete set text will be studied and a minimum of two key extracts from two different texts will be performed and then analysed through written coursework.
AS written exam: based on one set text and live theatre review.
2nd Year :
A second set text will be studied. Two extracts will be performed in front of a live audience. A devised piece of work based on a scripted extract.
A Level written exam: based on 2 set text plays studied and a review of Live Theatre.

Legacy A-Level – Edexcel
AS Drama and Theatre Studies focuses on working with plays. It bridges the gap between GCSE and full Advanced GCE by providing an opportunity to study plays from the point of
view of a director, designer, performer and critic. Students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the language of drama and theatre as well as develop their performing
and analytical skills. The full Advanced GCE in Drama and Theatres Studies enables students to apply what they have learned in their own creative work. In devising theatre, students alternate roles between being playwright, performer,
designer and director and apply their knowledge of different theatre forms and structures.

Unit 1 Exploration of Drama and Theatre – Assessed by teacher and externally moderated.
Unit 2 Theatre Text in Performance – Assessed by external visiting examiner.
Unit 3 Exploration of Dramatic Performance – Assessed by teacher and externally moderated.
Unit 4 Theatre Text in Context – Assessed through written exam.

Results 2015 /2016
100% A-C

J Tennant – Head of Performing Arts
S Denton-Barber – Teacher


Key Stage 3

General Skills
Dance at KS3 focuses on embedding the key dance skills including dance actions, dynamics, space and choreographic devices.

Term One
The study of Urban Dance including Locking, Popping, Breaking and Tutting.

Term Two
The study of mixed martial arts Capoeira and Kapoor.

Term Three
Combination of choreography experimentation with all styles and skills learnt

Students in year 7 will be assessed during every praising star cycle through their own individual response to rehearsal, performance and reflection.

Key Stage 4


General Skills of GCSE Dance focuses on the general development of a dancer, specifically looking at technique, choreography and appreciation.
In year 10 GCSE students will study two professional works, Nutcracker by Matthew Bourne and Swansong by Christopher Bruce.
Throughout the course students will develop skills in critical appreciation and analysis of professional works, develop knowledge and skills in choreography and performance.
Sept- Dec – Unit 1, 2 and part of 4 (4a)
Jan – May – Unit 1, 3 and 4b

Unit 1 – Written analysis of professional works – Written examination , externally assessed.
Unit 2 – Set Dance – Practical examination, externally assessed.
Unit 3 – Performance – Practical controlled assessment.
Unit 4 A&B – Choreography – Practical controlled assessment.

In year 9 GCSE students will study the following:
Unit 1: Critical Appreciation of Dance (42301) – Summer 2017
Written Paper – 1 hour
50 marks – 20%

Unit 2: Set Dance (42302) – May 2017
Practical Examination
Solo Performance – 1–1½ minutes
30 marks – 20%

Unit 3: Performance in a duo/group dance (42303) – May 2017
3 – 3½ minutes
Controlled Assessment
30 marks – 20%

Unit 4: Choreography (42304) – May 2017
Task 1: Solo Composition 1–1½ minutes
20 marks – 15%

Task 2: Choreography – solo/duo/group
40 marks – 25%
Unit total: 60 marks – 40%

Progress is tracked through every praising stars cycle and students will receive regular constructive feedback on their work within class time, parent’s evenings and during catch up. Written exam practise is given to students throughout the year to prepare them for this examination

2016 Results:
89% A-C
26% A * – A

68.3% A-C National Average

Key Stage 5

AS and A-Level Generic Skills -AQA

At AS Level, this specification focuses on the development and performance of your own choreography and performance within a duo/trio.
You will:
receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer.
begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within your own work and in professional repertoire.
Component 1 : Choreography and Performance
Component 2: Critical engagement
Section A: short answer questions on own practice (15 marks).
Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of study (15 marks).
Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study – compulsory essay (25 marks) and an essay from a choice of four (25 marks)
AS level in Dance will be assessed through a combination of a 50% written exam and 50% Practical assessment.

A2 Dance focuses on understanding various elements of dance practice including physiology and anatomy, analysing constituent features of professional work, performance and choreography.
The A-Level Dance course is very similar to the GSCE as they share the same working practices however there is a significant development in the level of analysis, performance and choreographic skill.
Students will study two units in AS and two units in A2.
Sept – Dec Unit 1 A and Unit 2 A
Jan – May Unit 1 B and UNIT 2 B

Unit 1 A&B Understanding Dance – Written examination
Unit 2 A&B Performance and Choreography – Internally Assessed
Unit 3 A&B Dance Appreciation – Written Examination
Unit 4 A&B Group Choreography and Solo Performance – Practical Examination, Externally Assessed.

Results: 2016
A*-C: 80%

64% National Average

E Gascoigne – Teacher
J Kirk -Teacher