Drama – Home

Drama – Home

Just some of the Drama department’s aims:

  • to foster a love of the performing arts through engaging lessons and knowledgeable teaching
  • to involve as many pupils as possible in the performing arts and promote the inclusiveness of drama and music
  • to develop students’ understanding of human nature, behaviour and emotion
  • to develop students’ work-related skills: confidence, presentational, problem-solving, group work, communication, creativity and compromise to name but a few!
  • to involve students in a department that fosters a sense of community cohesion through school productions, extra-curricular activities and events with the wider community



  • Mrs Lucy de Gaye – Department Head
  • Miss Amy Greene – Drama Teacher

A range of English teachers currently teach drama as a part of English at KS3.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Currently, students are taught one hour of drama a fortnight. In your drama lessons, you will 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. You 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.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Exam board: AQA

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 taking part in regular 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!

Unit 1

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins 80 marks – 40%

The written paper comprises three sections:

  • A – Practical work completed during the course
  • B – Study and performance of a scripted play
  • C – Study of a live theatre production seen

Candidates must answer Question 1 from Section A and choose one further question from either Section B or Section C.

Externally set and marked.

Unit 2

Practical Work 120 marks – 60%

Candidates are required to present practical work for two controlled assessment options, each with a weighting of 30% (60 marks each), from the options listed below.

Controlled assessment options:

  • Devised Thematic Work;
  • Acting;
  • Improvisation;
  • Theatre in Education;
  • Physical Theatre;
  • Set Design;
  • Costume;
  • Make-up;
  • Properties;
  • Masks;
  • Puppets;
  • Lighting;
  • Sound;
  • Stage Management.

Candidates are assessed on:

  1. Process and understanding of skills development (AO1) – 7.5%
  2. Final presentation: either performance or demonstration/artefact(s) (AO2) – 22.5%

Internally assessed and externally moderated.

OCR Specification Link

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

Advanced Level Drama and Theatre Studies Exam board: AQA

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.

Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular activities at Fulford! As well as regular theatre trips and a KS3 Drama club run by 6th form volunteers, we stage a whole school production every year.

We aim to foster links with professional individuals and companies working in the performance industry, and have recently played host to two drama workshops run by playwright Stephen Burke. We also have many links with the Music department, with whom we aim to promote the Performing Arts in school through various clubs and events. Watch this space for details of our upcoming events!