The Subject Way

Our subject has a ‘Subject Way’ at the heart of it. Our Subject Way is designed to help students become young subject specialists. The Subject Way has two main purposes:

Firstly, to teach students the vital skills they need to achieve their full potential and gain the very best grades they can. Secondly, to teach students how each subject relates to the wider world, incorporating the life skills they will learn.

It is our belief that knowing how what you learn links to the wider world brings a subject to life and therefore improves overall understanding and engagement.

Overview of KS3

Drama is taught by specialists in all year groups. The department supports the English national curriculum in KS3, as students devise and develop their own performances inspired by a range of stimuli, theatrical genres, styles and texts.

In Years 7 to 9, students cover a range of skills to strengthen their ability in creating, performing and evaluating Drama work. Students develop their ability to use a wide variety of dramatic techniques such as role play, tableau, mime, physical theatre, crosscutting, flashback, thought tracking and hot seating. They develop their communication skills through voice and movement and learn how to demonstrate audience awareness.

Overview of KS4

Students follow the WJEC Eduqas Drama syllabus. This consists of three components:

  • Component 1 is worth 40% and consists of student devised performance piece and a
    written evaluation.
  • Component 2 (20%) is the performance of a text extract from a full length published
    play and is externally examined.
  • Component 3 (40%) is a written exam based on the study of a play text specified by
    the exam board.


Component 1 requires students to study different theatre practitioners and dramatic styles
and then to use them in their devised drama. Students are also expected to record their
progress in a portfolio and complete a written evaluation of their final performance.

Component 2 is the performance of a scripted extract. The extract will be chosen by
students with guidance from their teacher. Students will develop their performance skills
throughout this unit and all will be expected to take part in a performance for a live

Component 3 is a written exam. Students study the set text, Hard to Swallow by Mark
Wheeller and answer questions from the point of view of an actor, director and designer.
Students must also evaluate a live theatre performance seen during the course.