Drama at Sir Thomas Rich's School

Head of Department:Mrs Sarah Jones

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Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage. Through it, ideas, responses and feelings can be expressed and communicated. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change.
Jude Kelly (Theatre Director)

Why is Drama an important part of the Secondary School Curriculum?

Drama makes an important contribution to the development of thinking skills identified in the National Curriculum.

These are:

  • information-processing skills, e.g. sequencing and comparing
  • reasoning skills, e.g. drawing inferences and making deductions
  • enquiry skills, e.g. asking relevant questions and testing conclusions
  • reative thinking skills, e.g. generating and extending ideas, applying imagination and looking for alternative endings
  • evaluation skills, e.g. judging the value of their own and others’ work
  • in addition, in many drama lessons pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own thinking.

At STRS, we are aware that Drama promotes language development. Its collaborative nature provides opportunities for pupils to develop key skills of communication, negotiation, compromise and self-assertion. Pupils develop confidence when speaking and their vocabulary is extended when they adopt roles and characters.

Pupils also acquire a critical and subject-specific vocabulary through reflecting on and appraising their own work in drama and the work of others.

We believe that Drama has an important role to play in the personal development of our students. The skills and qualities developed by students in drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. Drama stimulates the imagination and allows students to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

KS3 Drama

Year 7:

Year 7 will be taught Drama on a roundabout with PSHE. This means that each form receive approximately two blocks of ten lessons within the year. Each lesson will cover a double period. Year 7 will be introduced to key Drama skills initially which will lead to groups working together to devise a piece based around Fairytales. The second roundabout will focus on Commedia D’ell Arte.

Year 8:

Year 8 will be taught Drama on a roundabout basis. This means that each form receive approximately two blocks of ten lessons within the year. Each lesson will cover a double period. They will explore a variety of Drama skills within each term. Schemes of work will cover Greek Theatre and Non-naturalism. Year 8 will be given opportunities to devise, perform and evaluate their work throughout the year.

Year 9:

Year 9 will be taught Drama on a roundabout with Computing, PE and PSHE. This means that each form receive approximately one block of ten lessons within the year. Each lesson will cover a double period.

Year 9 will explore a scheme of work revolving around the stimulus ‘Power.’ This scheme of work will introduce Year 9 to a variety of key skills and enable them to gain an insight into the expectations of Drama at GCSE level to help them to select their GCSE options.


From 2012, STRS will be running the WJEC Drama GCSE. The specification fosters candidates’ creativity, personal growth, self-confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination.

It promotes pupils’ involvement in and enjoyment of Drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers.

It provides opportunities for students to attend professional and community Dramatic performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

Through the study of this specification, pupils will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' Drama. They will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of Drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on their own and others’ performances.

By studying GCSE Drama, pupils will learn more about the subject and its contribution to social and cultural commentary and will come to appreciate that Drama, whether intended for audiences or not, provides significant opportunities for expressing cultural and personal identity.

The GCSE Specification: WJEC *


Devised Practical Performance (60%)

Controlled Assessment 120 marks (120 UMS)

TASK ONE – 40% Devised Performance (AO1, AO2)

Candidates will devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre.

TASK TWO – 20% Devised Performance Report (AO3)

Candidates will complete a written report on the practical work they completed in Task One, under formal supervision.


Performance from a Text (20%)

External Assessment 50 marks (40 UMS )

Candidates will be assessed ontheir acting, in a scene from a published play.

Candidates to work in groups of between 2 to 5 members.


Written Examination (20%)

Written Paper: 1½ hours 50 marks (40 UMS)

Candidates will be assessed on their ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director and to evaluate practical work completed in Unit 2

*This specification is due to change for teaching from 2016.