Drama is an important element in school life. It is not only taught as a discrete subject, but is also used in other subject areas such as History, RE and Psychology to create new perspectives and encourage empathy.

- Mr Wakeling, Head of English and Drama


Extra-Curricular Drama

There is a thriving Junior Drama Club for Year 7 and Year 8 which meets once a week. It is run by Drama Ambassadors and supervised by Drama staff. Students have the opportunity to acquire a range of performance and technical skills and are encouraged to use various performance opportunities showcase their work.

The School Play, a biennial event, usually takes place at the beginning of December in the Cottrill Hall, with auditions taking place in the previous June or July. This is open to all students from Year 9 and above, and is designed to give students the experience of performing to a large audience, or being involved in a range of production tasks such as lighting, sound, costume, make-up, set, music and stage-management. Plays are chosen to give the maximum number of students the chance to be on stage. Previous school productions have included “Guys and Dolls”, in collaboration with the music department, an adaptation of ‘Animal Farm’, a musical version of ‘A Winter’s Tale’ and in 2011, ‘The Comedy of Errors’. Large numbers of students and staff are involved in putting on these performances.

Student-led productions

In the last few years, Sixth Form students have successfully produced and directed their own musical productions. These have included ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Oh, What A Lovely War’, ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ and in 2015, 'Footloose'.


The Cottrill Hall provides a large space ideal for major school productions. We have also developed a partnership with the Seaton Gateway, which has given students the opportunity to perform on a real stage.

The Drama Studio creates a very versatile space for both lessons and small-scale productions. The addition of raked seating, new curtains, extra lighting and sound equipment and new flooring have transformed the space into an aesthetically pleasing and practical studio. Two ceiling projectors, a screen and a cyclorama (a large white cloth covering the whole of the end wall) allow for the creation of multi-media performances and impressive lighting effects. The costume store houses an eclectic collection of costumes and props for use in lessons and performances.

Lower Years Drama

The lower years curriculum will involve the following:


Year 7

Year 8


‘Serious Fun’ - Developing performance skills, cooperation, confidence and concentration

‘Ways into Performance’ - Looking at a range of genres, styles and performance material in order to support and develop practical work


‘Explorative Strategies’ Introduction to subject specific conventions and how these support and enhance practical work

‘Shaking up Shakespeare’ - a unit designed to complement the work done in English lessons


‘Using a Stimulus’ Devising work from a range of different material including music, photographs, poetry and objects

‘War’ - Using the topic of War as a stimulus. Cross curricular links to work in History

Middle Years (Y9-11) Drama

The middle years curriculum will involve the following:


Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


Introduction to GCSE Drama

Building Key Skills for Component One (Study of a Text)Development of Design Skills

Exploration of Conventions and Strategies


Set Text

Practical exploration of the Set Text

Building knowledge of design elements, context and performance skills

Using exam questions to develop timing and technique


Component Two

Rehearsals and Devising Logs

Component One

Evaluation of Live Theatre – watch and review a live performance


Introduction to Devising Skills – Component Two

Exploration, research and development of a Stimulus

Development of Technical Skills

Evaluating Performance effectively

Developing Evaluation Skills

Mini Devising Unit – working on developing research skills and demonstrating critical analysis and evaluation in the supporting written evidence

Genres and styles – exploring a range of texts and practitioners and evaluating alternative approaches to a script

Watch and review a live performance

Component Three

Rehearsal and development of Component Three performances




Exploring Component Three

Developing awareness of practitioners, genres and styles

Working from a range of different texts

Practical experience of using performance and design skills (Lights, Sound, Costume, Set)

Revision of Skills

Formal assessment of the set textFormal assessment of the Theatre review

Response to Stimulus

Research and exploration of the exam stimulus for Component Two


Component One

Revision of Set Text and Sections A and C




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