Drama and Theatre


Drama is an enthusiastic, vibrant and successful department. At Edgbarrow, we have a fully equipped, purpose-built Drama studio with the use of stage lights, sound and projection. We also have two additional spaces in the school, including the main hall which is home to our large-scale productions. We deliver exciting and thought-provoking lessons, which aim to link to our students wider understanding of the world, as well as allowing them to engage with many new and interesting elements of theatre. Drama at Edgbarrow is sequenced to ensure that students continually build upon prior learning and can make connections between the different topics they study within the subject.

Key Staff

Miss Carr - Head of Department
Mrs Blazer - Teacher of Drama
Mr Portnow - Performing Arts Technician

Key Stage 3

Curriculum Intent

At Key Stage 3, we intend to inspire our students to develop their acting skills, be creative, resilient and reflective, not only in the subject but as a person. This will enable them to be effective performers as well as kind and well-rounded members of the community.

Drama at Key Stage 3 should fulfil artistic, intellectual and social needs and our curriculum aims to cover all three. At Edgbarrow, students will study specific units of work in these areas and will also have the opportunity to explore a plethora of different skills, topics and texts. The work covered in Key Stage 3 also works to prepare students who go on to take Drama at GCSE and A-Level.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Map

Assessment Bands

Students will follow national guidelines throughout Key Stage 3 to support and prepare them for their Key Stage 4 courses. The school operates a banding system of 1-9 (9 being the highest band). Students will be given a target based upon their Key Stage 2 scores and baseline assessments on arrival at Edgbarrow. The band they are awarded at the end of the Key Stage is intended to be indicative of the grade they may achieve at GCSE.

Assessment Bands

Summary Curriculum Plan 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Key Stage 4

Curriculum Intent

At GCSE, our students will refine their acting and collaborative skills and produce original and polished performances. Students will feel confident in approaching written responses, by building an understanding and knowledge of how drama is created and performed.

Performing Arts BTEC students will develop their skills in acting, singing and dancing and apply these to a number of different repertoires. Students will understand the many different roles within the arts and will be able to discuss how different components interlink.

Why Take Drama at GCSE?

GCSE Drama allows students to learn and engage with the world of Drama and Theatre, whilst underpinning this exploration with informed theoretical knowledge and theory. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and study existing performances and texts, whilst inevitably building a repertoire of transferable skills that can be used throughout their life. These include skills in; communication, teamwork, confidence, leadership and time management. Drama is also a subject to look to pursue if you are considering a career in the arts, or for anyone who is interested in culture or social topics.

The GCSE Drama Course

The GCSE Drama course is split into three components: 2 pieces of coursework and the written examination.

The written examination focuses on three areas:

  • Section A: Theatre roles and terminology
  • Section B: Study of a set text
  • Section C: Live theatre production

Within each section, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of theatre roles and terminology and be able to show an understanding of how both you and the other actors create characters, atmosphere and how ideas are presented.

The coursework is spread over the two years of the GCSE. You will complete two pieces, one devised (making the piece up on a theme) and one scripted, where you will need to learn lines for two sections of a play as well as practise the scenes.

A Summary of the AQA GCSE Drama Course

Component 1: Understanding Drama

  • 1-hour 45min written exam
  • 40% of your final result, 80 Marks

3 Sections:

  • Section A: Multiple Choice
  • Section B: Questions on a set play (open book)
  • Section C: 2-part question on a live production

Component 2: Devising Drama

  • 1 piece of devised work (20 Marks) + devising log book (60 Marks)
  • 40% of your final result, 80 Marks

Component 3: Texts in Practice

  • 2 extracts from a play performed for an external examiner
  • 20% of your final result, 50 Marks
  • Each extract is worth 25 Marks (10%)

Summary Curriculum Plan 

Year 10

Year 11

Key Stage 5

Curriculum Intent

At A-Level, our students will build upon their practical and analytical skills, to ensure they are confident in approaching and accessing all areas of the course. Students will build a tool-box of practical techniques to enhance their performances and will underpin their work with their own theoretical exploration.

A-Level Drama & Theatre Studies Course

Drama & Theatre Studies is geared to exploring a wide range of Drama content including the study of theatre practitioners and an emphasis on practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding. Students can choose and research an area of practical study to support and enhance their performances and the course’s scope is both challenging and exciting.

There are 3 units in the A-Level and the students sit one written examination paper in the last year.
Evening theatre trips are run during the course to enable students to answer questions in their examination. It is essential the students see as many pieces of theatre as possible, to enable them to have a wider understanding of theatre and knowledge of live performance to answer the examination questions in detail. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact Miss Carr.

A Summary of the AQA A-Level Drama & Theatre Studies Course

Component 1: Drama and theatre

  • Study of two set plays developing knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre and then analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
  • Two set plays will be Our Country's Good and Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • 40% of A-level

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)

  • Process of creating devised drama with a performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).
  • The devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.
  • 30% of A-Level

Component 3: Making theatre (practical)

  • Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts each taken from a different play.
  • Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).
  • 30% of A-Level

Summary Curriculum Plan 

Year 12

Year 13



It is our intent that pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum, learn alongside their peers and achieve similar outcomes.

In addition, they may benefit from additional opportunities in the lessons and in the co-curricular activities that are arranged especially for them.

SEND Implementation and Impact

Pupil Premium Intent


Reading Aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped to understand command words in questions.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent reading strategies to aid comprehension when reading and answering exam questions.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent reading strategies when interpreting stimuli and play texts.
  • To ensure students are equipped with a range of independent reading strategies when interpreting how authorial intent/directors intent/ language/ structure impact the meaning of a text.
  • To support students in understanding new or complex vocabulary that they encounter in their reading.
  • To support students with reading out loud and therefore pronunciation.
  • To encourage students to read for pleasure outside of the lessons.
Writing Aims:

  • To ensure students are equipped with strategies to construct their answers.
  • To equip students with strategies to reflect on and redraft their writing.
  • To explicitly teach key words for Drama.
  • To support spelling, punctuation and grammar using the Whole School Feedback & Marking Policy to enable students to write fluently.

Spoken Language Aims:

  • To ensure students understand the difference between formal and informal/colloquial language.
  • To ensure students are equipped with the skills to structure a spoken performance.
  • To support students to use projection and annunciation.
  • To teach students how to listen and respond formally and respectfully
  • To provide students with opportunities for structured talk

Select for Literacy Strategies


Productions are an exciting yearly event and performed at the end of the Christmas term. All students from Year 7 to 13 are invited to take part and can contribute in many different ways! From performing, to sound and lighting, backstage crew, hair, make-up and choreography, the production is a real whole school event!

Link to our school productions gallery

In Years 7, 8 and 9 there is a Drama Club which is run by our Year 12 Theatre Studies students. This lunchtime club, gives pupils the opportunity to expand and explore their talents within drama.

In Years 8, 9 and 10 we run Musical Theatre Thursdays, this is where pupils are able to rehearse and perform some of their favourite musical hits! From learning choreography to singing your heart out, Musical Theatre Thursdays are all about having fun and sharing a love of musicals.

Tech Club is run once a week by our Performing Arts Technician and allows students to explore the backstage roles and all the elements that are needed to put on a production.

For those students who wish to study Theatre or Performing Arts further, we offer 1:1 tuition to help prepare our students for continued professional development, this can include support with auditions and individual tutorials. We are very proud to have a number of alumni, who are currently working and/or training within the arts. At GCSE and A-Level, classes go on at least two trips to the theatre per year, this gives our students the opportunity to see live and professional theatre, as well as increasing ambition to create similar work.


Ally website

Aylin Scott - The Academy of Live & Recorded Arts

Phil website

Phil Fletcher - BA Acting Hons Graduate from St. Mary's University

Harry wesbite

Harry Mayes - Broadcast Production Assistant for Warner Brothers

Ella website

Ella Mae - Drama Studio London

Drama Instagram


Independent Study

Key Stage 3

BBC Bitesize Drama Essentials

Year 7 - Maid Marian

Year 8 - The Exam

Year 9 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Bloomsbury)

Year 9 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (YouTube)

Key Stage 4

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Key Stage 5

Select to view current reading lists.

For further information regarding our Drama Curriculum please email:
Mrs Carr (Head of Department) rachel.carr@edgbarrowschool.co.uk