Department Information

We are delighted that our students have the opportunity to develop their craft and perform in front of larger audiences through the Rodillian Arts Festival. Students work with Drama and Dance professionals to create original pieces and perform them in front of live audiences in professional theatres. This year students worked with choreographers, live bands and drama professionals to perform in a professional environment at the Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds in front of a full audience.

Key Stage 3

Drama and Performance is offered through our Applied Curriculum in years 8 and 9.  Students develop performance skills, with a specialist external provider. Students develop their skills in developing characters, working from scripts, devising Drama , and working in different genres.

GCSE – Year 10 & Year 11 – OCR Drama

In GCSE Drama students will explore a number of scripts and themes through practical lessons. They will share ideas in groups and perform practical work to the class and other audiences.

Content and Structure

Unit 1

Learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama. They will also demonstrate their devising process through a portfolio of analysis.

30% of GCSE – Non-exam assessment.

Unit 2

Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting or design by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text

30% of GCSE – External examiner

Unit 3

Learners will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama. Learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance.

40% of GCSE – Exam assessment 1 hour 30 minutes – Written paper


Students can study courses such as A level Drama and Theatre Studies, BTEC Performing Arts and BTEC Musical Theatre at college. Universities and Colleges offer a variety of courses in performing, writing, directing etc. Students could follow a career in Stage or Film and Television. This could be as a Performer, Director, Producer, as a member of the Production Team, a Costume/Set/Makeup Designer, Press Officer, or Box Office Manager. Students could follow a career in Teaching, or work for the Arts Council visiting schools.

Drama helps to build confidence and communication skills which are needed in all walks of life.


Departmental Staff:

Mrs D Hall – [email protected]

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