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St Mary's Catholic High School


Vision Statement

Drama should make a valuable contribution to a vibrant curriculum so that they can express ideas creatively and confidently, and be receptive to the ideas of others.

It should lead to a greater understanding not only of performance traditions and forms, but also of political, social and ethical issues.


Throughout a pupil’s involvement with Drama, the Department aims to develop:

  • the use of a range of dramatic forms to express ideas and feelings, with pupils responding creatively and constructively to a variety of stimuli.
  • the ability to communicate effectively through the language of space, movement and words
  • imagination, characterisation, devising and performing skills.
  • confidence in the pupils’ own abilities, particularly in the areas of independent working, verbal & non-verbal communication and team work.
  • pupils’ skills in evaluating their own and others’ work.

Curriculum overview

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 Drama curriculum is currently delivered by the English Department with activities linked directly to the department's programme of study.

Key Stage 4

Exam Board GCSE (9-1) Drama – WJEC Eduqas

Students who follow this course enjoy performing and working creatively as a member of a group. They enjoy challenging themselves to reach their highest potential in drama. They like seeing plays and getting involved in drama, both inside and outside of school. They collaborate well with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively.

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables learners to:

  • apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
  • explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
  • develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
  • develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others

Method of Assessment

Component 1: Devising Theatre Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 40% of qualification

Component 2: Performing from a Text Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 20% of qualification

Component 3: Interpreting Theatre Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification.

Drama - Year 10 Curriculum Map (to follow shortly)

Drama - Year 11 Curriculum Map (to follow shortly)

WJEC Eduqas: GCSE (9-1) Drama – Specification