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Drama

Drama

Department Staff

Miss N Sambhi Head of Department
Mr R Quinn  
Mr M Morris-Jones  


Drama is a popular and very successful subject within the academy. All KS3 students have a one hour lesson per week at KS3. In KS4 we offer GCSE Drama and an A-level course of Drama and Theatre Studies, having excellent results at both levels.

We believe that Drama impacts on many aspects of our student’s education and expectations, and is a respected element of the academy’s provision.

Our base is the Drama Studio in the Hundred Acre building and we have two dedicated areas in B-Block and the Main Stage.

Drama plays an important and respected part of extra-curricular activities, and students are encouraged to make the most of what is offered.

Our motto continues to be -

Drama’s not easy – we’re just good at it.

Our Vision

Our vision for drama at Streetly Academy is:

  • that all pupils will regard it as an enjoyable and positive subject
  • that it will be seen as an important part of the curriculum by all pupils, parents, staff and Governors of the academy
  • that it will have an impact on the growth of social skills and creativity
  • that extra-curricular activities will encourage increasing numbers of students to benefit from voluntary involvement in an “arts” experience
  • that examination courses will continue to thrive
  • and that a good reputation, within the community, is built; by forging active links with it

Extra-Curricular Activities

We believe in the value and importance of work done outside the classroom, including workshops with outside agencies, academy based clubs, theatre and workshop trips, performance work in the studio and academy productions.

We strive to provide opportunities for students whenever possible.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • History of Theatre
  • A Fable Story
  • Script Work
  • Silent Movies
  • Bullying

Year 8 

  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Performance Spaces
  • Missing
  • Script Work
  • Ricky Brown

Year 9 – Enrichment Year – Mock GCSE Year

  • Unit 1 – Crime and Punishment & War – exploration of a theme or topic 
  • Unit 2 – Stone Cold & Gagging for It – exploration of a playtext
  • Unit 3 – A devised group piece in each year students are expected to explore and incorporate a variety of skills and strategies; enabling them to develop their approach to drama and performance skills.

It must be recognised however, that progress in drama cannot always be identified through the application of the skills alone. Therefore Drama assessments are holistic by design, and depend to a great extent on the students own identified targets for improvement.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama

The GCSE Drama curriculum (as all subjects) will be changing this year. Below there is an outline of the new qualification and a breakdown of how the exam is split into 3 separate components.

Component 1: Devising
Coursework 40% of the qualification (60 Marks)
Content Overview Create and develop a devised piece from stimulus
Analyse and evaluate the devising process and performance
Performance of this devised piece
Assessment Overview There are two parts to the assessment:
  1. A portfolio covering the creating and developing process and analysis and evaluation of this process. Either 2000 word document, 10 minute recording or a combination of both (45 Marks)
  2. A devised performance (15 Marks)
Component 2: Performance from a Text
Coursework 20% of the qualification (48 marks)
Content Overview Students will perform in two key extracts from a performance text.
Centre choice of performance text
Assessment Overview Externally assessed by a visiting examiner
Centres are free to cover the performance of the two key extracts in any way. This freedom caters for different cohort sizes and allows students to choose a solo and/or partner-based routes for assessment (Maximum group size 8).
Each performance is worth 24 marks
Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice
Written Examination 1 hour 30 minutes - 40% of the qualification (60 marks)
Content Overview Practical exploration and study of one complete performance text
Choice of eight performance texts, text is chosen by the Centre in advance
Live theatre evaluation – free choice of production
Assessment Overview Section A: Bringing the texts to life (45 marks)
This section consists of one question broken into five parts (short and extended questions) based on an unseen extract from the chosen performance text.
Performance texts are not allowed in the examination as the extracts are provided.

Section B: Live Theatre Evaluation (15 marks)
This section consists of two questions requiring students to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen.
Students are allowed to bring in theatre evaluation notes up to a maximum of 500 words.


Students need the ability to research and learn independently to gain the most from this subject. Their understanding of Theatre and Theatre craft can only be developed by seeing theatre at any level. Whilst we ensure that each student has at least the minimum provision required – we hope that students will want to embed their enjoyment of theatre and attend as many performances, professional or amateur, to extend their experience and learning.

Key Stage 5

A Level Drama and Theatre Studies 

Students study for the Edexcel A Level in Drama and Theatre Studies.

Students who have not studied Drama during Key Stage 4 are not exempt from taking the A Level, but may find the style and approach to the written work different to other subjects. A love of performing and a creative and enquiring mind are the most important requisites for success in this subject.

Many students who have studied drama during Key Stage 4 find that the “leap” to A-Level studies daunting and difficult at times. As with most subjects, keeping organised and up to date with notes and written work is vital for success and avoiding stress. Students need to research independently, to see as many plays as they possibly can and gain a good understanding of what theatre and performance communicates to its audience, how it communicates, and why the playwright and director want to communicate in the way they do.

The plays studied and performed are different each year in response to the size of the group and the mix of genders. The plays have to be challenging enough to develop the students’ abilities and fulfil the examination board’s criteria. Therefore they often tackle difficult issues and subjects, and contain strong language.

The A2 course involves a written examination in June.

Currently we offer A-level Drama and Theatre Studies with the EDEXCEL examination board. Our expectations and results are high.

For any more information please speak to the Drama staff or go to the Edexcel web site.

www.edexcel.org.uk

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