Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School



Drama is an exciting, dynamic and vibrant subject taught by two specialist members of staff. Working within a dedicated Drama Studio which has recently been refurbished with LED lighting, the curriculum at both key stages is able to offer something for everyone; be it dance, acting, singing or being part of the school theatre company.

Drama is an important subject on so many different levels. Not only does it allow the children the freedom to express themselves through performance, it also teaches the extremely important skills of teamwork, planning, research, meeting deadlines and of course how to present yourself in a confident and professional manner.


Year 7

Pupils study six topics throughout the year allowing them to explore the important skills of script work, improvisation, dance technology (specifically use of IPads) and performance work. The half termly projects are assessed after six weeks. Year 7 students currently experience the following areas: Introduction to Drama, Stagecraft, Using a Script, Film Trailers, Devising/Improvisation and Dance.

Year 8

Building on the basic dramatic techniques acquired in Year 7, students in their second year can look forward to putting them into practice in more advanced formats and working in varying group sizes; one topic encouraging children to perform in a half class ensemble piece. Topics currently on offer to this year group are, Script (The Exam), Pantomime and Theatre In Education.

Year 9

The focus shifts slightly this year when groups work on a whole class performance directed by their teacher. 'Departure' is significantly taught at the end of the year as we say goodbye to children moving from lower to upper school and for some, these will be their final Drama lessons. This topic allows classes to experience working 'on set' taking advantage of the Studio sound and lighting system. Other topics studied include Shakespeare and Script.

GCSE Drama

2016 is an exciting year for Drama as we embark on a brand new syllabus. Comprising of a written exam and a practical performance, the GCSE Drama specification aims to blend elements of the outgoing GCSE Performing Arts qualification with a broader choice of texts and critical understanding of live theatre.

Why choose Drama?

Because not only will students enjoy devising their own work, visiting the theatre and learning new technical skills, they will be embedding the important life skills of teamwork, prioritising, punctuality and the importance of having an exceptional record of attendance.

Course Components

The subject component for AQA GCSE Drama is divided into three areas;

1. Understanding Drama

2. Devising Drama

3. Texts in practice

Understanding Drama

Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

Study of one set play from a choice of six

Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1hr and 45 minutes 40% of the GCSE Marked by AQA

Devising Drama

Process of creating devised drama

Performance of devised drama

Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it's assessed

Devising log

Devised performance 40% of the GCSE Marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

Texts in practice

Performance of two extracts from one play

How it's assessed

Extract 1 and extract 2 20% of GCSE Marked by AQA


After school clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

  • BRAVO! Theatre Company
  • Preparation for annual school production
  • GCSE Catch up and improver sessions
  • Annual residential theatre visit
  • Trips to local theatres


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    The links below will take you to subject specific information outlining the current Key Stage 3 and 4 Course Guide.

  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4

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