Subject: Drama

Head of Subject: Mrs C Owen

In Year 7 students are taught Drama with their mixed ability form. In Years 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability classes. Throughout Key Stage 3 Students are taught Drama 1 hour a week. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4 Drama is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option and students that opt to take Drama in Key Stage 4 have 3 hours a week and are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the AQA GCSE Drama 8261 specification. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following their GCSE examinations in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term. With feedback being related to GCSE criteria to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Create and develop ideas to communicate meaning for theatrical performance
  • Apply theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions in live performance
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how drama and theatre is developed and performed
  • Analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others


Overview of the Drama Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Miniscripts Devising Drama Physical Theatre Greek Theatre Symbolism Bugsy Malone
8 Mime Devising Drama Multi-rolling Duologues and Monologues Status The Island
9 When I’m 64 Hillsborough Bang Out of Order T.I.E Theatre Appreciation Woman in Black


GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Drama is 8261. Click here to view the GCSE specification

Teaching Staff

Mrs C Owen Head of Subject
Mrs M White Teacher of Drama and Lead Practitioner