Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students have an hour in the Drama Department every two weeks and they are introduced to the key formal elements in drama through group and individual work.

Key Stage 4

BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts

During Component 1, students will:

  • explore performance styles, creative intentions and purpose;
  • investigate how practitioners create and influence what’s performed; and
  • discover performance roles, skills, techniques and processes.

Aim: get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional actor, dancer or musical theatre performer.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

Weighting: 30% of total course

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

During Component 2, students will:

  • take part in workshops, classes and rehearsals;
  • gain physical, interpretative, vocal and rehearsal skills;
  • apply these skills in performance; and
  • reflect on their progress, their performance and how they could improve.

Aim: develop skills and techniques in the chosen discipline(s) of acting, dance and musical theatre.

Assessment: internally assessed assignments

Weighting: 30% of total course

Component 3: Performing to a Brief

To achieve this aim, students will:

  • use the brief and previous learnings to come up with ideas;
  • build on their skills in classes, workshops and rehearsals;
  • review the process using an ideas and skills log;
  • perform a piece to their chosen audience; and
  • reflect on their performance in an evaluation report.

Aim: consider how practitioners adapt their skills for different contexts, and put this into practice in a performance.

Assessment: externally assessed task, where students work in groups of between 3 and 7 members to create a performance based on a set brief.

Weighting: 40% of total course

Key Stage 5

We study the BTEC Extended Certificate in Performing Arts which focuses on acting. This is the equivalent of an A Level but it involves considerably more performance content. Students work in a vocational context and perform devised and scripted plays. The approach is varied with both traditional and experimental content.


We have regular visits to performances and lunchtime and after school clubs. We run whole school productions which are open to all and the examination students perform regularly to an audience with a varied repertoire. Recent trips have been to see Othello, Blood Brothers, The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night time and many other local or more obscure productions at various venues in the Three Counties.We produce a musical every 2 years which involves a variety of students with different levels of experience and a Staff and Sixth Form satirical pantomime in December.

We have a whole school production every two years. Our last production was Jesus Christ Superstar and in 2019 we are excited to be preparing for Sister Act.


Students can apply for university courses in the performing arts and many move on to study anything from Acting to Production Design. Drama is also valued for its transferable skills, including the ability to work in a team and solve abstract problems, which are hugely valuable to anyone involved in managing and communicating with people.


  • Mr Trevor Evans – Head of Department
  • Miss Claudia Follano – Assistant Headteacher (Student Wellbeing & Mental Health)










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