Curriculum Leader: Ms S. Fawcett

We foster a love of Drama and Theatre through engaging lessons, knowledgeable teaching and a rich extra-curricular programme.

  • Provide opportunities for students to engage in Drama
  • Empower students to strive to produce the highest standards of performance
  • Equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to excel in both practical and theoretical areas.
  • Develop students’ awareness of how subject links to future employment and the creative industries
  • Provide links and opportunities for partnership beyond the school environment

drama_ks3All students at Fulford study drama in fortnightly, hour-long lessons by a specialist teacher of Drama.

In drama lessons at KS3, students explore a range of drama techniques and styles through improvising and working in role; devising, scripting and performing in plays, and discussing and reviewing your own and others’ performances. Students will develop an awareness of the world of theatre, through focusing on both the performance and technical aspects of the subject – eg: lighting, set design, props and costume. There will be a balance of practical and written work which will prepare you for the challenges of KS4 Drama, should you choose to continue with the subject.

The units studied in each year group are as follows:

Year 7 Year 8
Autumn term Storytelling- Skills Pantomime- Scripted
Spring term The Tempest- Shakespeare Docudrama- Local History
Summer term Roald Dahl- from Page to Stage Titanic- Devised

Year 9- Foundation to GCSE

Year 9 students have four lessons per fortnight with a specialist Drama teacher, and will undertake a foundation to GCSE scheme modelled around the AQA specification. This is an exciting opportunity to develop performance and written analysis and evaluation skills before they begin year 10, plus an opportunity to spend much more time in their option subject than in previous years.

Long Term Plan

Term 1

Initial skills scheme covering basics of acting, process and evaluation, terminology, structure, rehearsal strategies

Introduction to devising skills and mock devising project (Component 2)

Term 2

Set Text- practical exploration and exam technique. Noughts and Crosses (Component 1)

Live performance review (Component 1)

Term 3

Scripted pieces (Component 3)

Mock exam (Component 1)

Initiate devising project before holiday for start of Year 10

Year 10 From 2016- New GCSE AQA Specification

All students devise drama, explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances.

Aiming for success

The written exam paper is designed to help all students realise their full potential.

It uses a variety of question styles and ask students to combine what they’ve learned about how drama is performed with their practical experience and imagination.

Clear progression to AS and A-level

This specification ensures continuity for students progressing from GCSE Drama to AS and A-level Drama and Theatre. Students who go on to AS or A-level are already familiar with studying a whole set text for the written paper. They have built solid foundations in reviewing a live theatre production and in interpreting key extracts.

Transferable skills

Students learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively- key skills for future, whatever they choose to do.

They gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts. Whatever the future holds, students of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace.

Long Term Plan

Term 1

Introduction to devising skills and mock devising project (Component 2)

Term 2

Set Text- practical exploration and exam technique for extract study questions The Crucible, Blood Brothers, The 39 Steps, Hansel and Gretel or A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Component 1)

Live performance review (Component 1)

Term 3

Scripted pieces (Component 3)

Year 10 mock exam (Component 1)

Initiate devising project before holiday for start of Year 11

Link to Specification

Year 11: Legacy Specification OCR

Students who opt to take GCSE Drama can expect a course that is fun, practical, yet also with a strong element of written and theoretical work. You will develop your performance skills through practical, workshop-style lessons, as well as having the chance to take part in public performances. Regular theatre trips form an integral part of the course, in order to develop your knowledge of performance styles and prepare you the written Drama paper. You also have the option to choose from a range of technical skills for your controlled assessments, should your interests lie more in the ‘backstage’ world of theatre.

Students complete two coursework units, each worth 30% of the total GCSE. Both use controlled assessments to produce the final piece.

Unit 1: From Page to Stage

The first unit, From Page to Stage, was completed in Year 10. Students worked on a selected text (‘Bouncers’ or ‘Shakers’ by John Godber) in their lesson time and had 10 hours preparation time before starting 10 hours of controlled assessment, during which time they rehearsed their pieces and produced their Working Record. At the end of this time they performed their assessed pieces. At the start and end of the controlled assessment, students produced 1 hour of writing time under controlled conditions in which they produce sections for their Working Record.

Unit 2: Drama in the Making

Unit 2, Drama in the Making, will be completed in the first term of Year 11. Candidates will explore a stimulus chosen by the centre through workshops during lesson time. The preparation period is 2-3 hours, after which they begin their 10 hours of controlled assessment, during which time they will deliver a Workshop Presentation and complete a Working Record. They also have 1 hour of writing time at the beginning and end of the controlled assessment in which they produce sections for their Working Record.

Unit 3: From Concept to Creation

The remaining 40% of the final grade comes from the final unit, From Concept to Creation, in which students work on a brief externally set by the exam board. Students will have up to 10 weeks’ preparation time after the pre-release material is received in January, followed by a 10 hour period of high control (GCSE exam conditions), after which they present their work to a visiting examiner. They can choose to work as a performer devised, a performer scripted, a designer or a scriptwriter for the final unit.

OCR Specification Link

Year 12 From 2016- New AQA Drama and Theatre Studies Specification

dramaKS5A practical focus

We want students to have an inspiring experience of A-level Drama and Theatre; this qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding.

Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances.


Students choose to develop as a:

  • performer
  • designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
  • director
  • combination of these.

Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

The exam paper is designed to allow students to demonstrate their creativity and imagination in interpreting set texts and apply independent thinking as they evaluate a live theatre production.

Clear progression to higher education

Higher education institutions (HEIs) value and respect the skills AQA drama and theatre qualifications give students.

By incorporating the approach they take with drama and theatre undergraduates into this A-level, students are really well prepared for the demands of university and beyond.

Transferable skills

Students of AQA Drama and Theatre develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace.

This specification refines students’ collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research. Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making.

Whatever the future holds, students of A-level Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.

Link to A’ Level specification from 2016

Advanced Level Drama and Theatre Studies Exam board: Current Year 13 students Legacy AQA Specification

The A level course aims to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding by enabling you to apply what you have learned to your own creative work. In devising and performing theatre, as well as studying a range of play texts, you will alternate roles between being playwright, performer, designer and director, demonstrating individual ideas and judgements, and apply your knowledge of different theatre practitioners, companies and styles to your own performances. You will operate more autonomously and confidently within a drama and theatre context. Developing your skill in writing about Drama, as well as your knowledge of dramatic theory, is crucial to this course, as 60% of the qualification is based on your performance in written examinations.
The course in a nutshell:

Unit 1 – DRAM1 – Live Theatre Production Seen and Prescribed Play

  • 60% of AS, 30% of A Level
  • Section A – response to live theatre seen during the course
  • Section B – study of one set play from a choice of six

Unit 2 – DRAM2 – Presentation of an Extract from a Play

  • 40% of AS, 20% of A Level
  • Practical performance
  • Performance by a group of an extract from a published play. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

Unit 3 – DRAM3 – Further Prescribed Plays including Pre-Twentieth Century

  • 30% of A Level
  • 2 hour written paper
  • Study of two further set plays

Unit 4 – DRAM4 – Presentation of Devised Drama

  • 20% of A Level
  • Practical performance
  • Performance by a group of devised drama. The assessment also includes candidates’ preparatory and development work and supporting notes.

AQA Specification Link


There are lots of opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular Drama activities at Fulford. As well as regular theatre trips and a Year 7 and 8 Drama club, we stage a whole school production every year. Recent productions include ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (March 2016), Grease (December 2014), Joseph (March 2012), ‘Bugsy’ in 2011 and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ in 2010.


Students at KS4 and 5 are expected to attend the theatre as part of the course, and there are opportunities to take on a role in delivering extra-curricular sessions, supporting in lessons, backstage, lighting and assistant directing for willing KS5 students.

We have links with local theatres, universities, professional individuals and companies working in the performance industry. We use these links to provide a varied and effective enrichment programme to support the work done within the curriculum in Drama. Most recently these have included: students from York St John offering physical theatre seminars and workshops to Year 12 and 13 students, a National Theatre actor from ‘Curious Incident’ offered a workshop to KS4 and 5 students, Splendid Theatre Company and eminent director Max Stafford-Clarke.

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