Drama is a practical based subject accessible to all students. It is delivered in a safe space allowing students to interact positively with their peers, to discuss topic-based issues and real-life scenarios. The creativity and problem-solving nature of the subject requires students to develop confidence and life skills well beyond the classroom. Students delve into the history of theatre and look at a variety of styles to broaden their horizons beyond what they already know. They whilst also explore more modern developments and link to topics from subjects across the curriculum. Students study a variety of play texts and practitioners, whilst also having the opportunity to devise their own pieces of practical work. There have also been some strong extra curricular links to people currently working in the industry.

Students who have enjoyed key stage 3 drama and have a keen interest in theatre and performance can go on to take a GCSE in key stage 4 (Oxford Cambridge and RSA board).

Performing Arts Curriculum Video

Year 10

Term 1 - Devising and exploring style and genre related to practitioners

Term 2 - Skills development and roles within theatre - and live theatre analysis

Term 3 - OCR devising component

Year 11

Term 1 - Set text and exam preparation

Term 2 - Presenting and performing module

Term 3 - Exam revision and live theatre analysis


Students will take part in a number of assessed workshops and performances; both scripted and devised. Written work will be completed by students to support practical performances. The written exam at the end of year 11 will be held in controlled conditions. 

Devising Drama (01/02) - 30%

Presenting and Performing Texts - 30%

Drama: Performance and Response - exam - 40%

Future Careers

Actor, Arts administrator, Box office manager, Camera operator, Community arts worker, Costume designer, Counsellor, Drama therapist, Drama workshop instructor, Editor, Entertainer, Events manager, Floor manager (TV), Journalist, Lighting engineer, Literary agent, Marketing manager, News reporter, Radio presenter, Playwright, Set designer, Social worker, Stage crew, Stage manager, Stunt performer, Teacher, TV presenter, Television production assistant, Theatre director, Travel company worker, University lecturer, Youth & community worker

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We run a full and vibrant extra-curricular programme with a packed events calendar that runs throughout the entire year.  We run drama clubs and offer varied opportunities and events through our cluster school relationships with Parkside and Trumpington. These include arts festivals, concerts, musical theatre productions and much more.

We also regularly welcome workshops into school or enjoy trips to theatres and exhibitions.