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Drama/Production Arts (Design)

The Drama department encourages students to engage in creative and practical work, exploring real life situations, masks, play texts and storytelling.

The Production Arts department encourages students to explore in creative and practical workshops, exploring lighting, sound, set, make-up and costume.

Key Stage 3 Drama Curriculum

Drama is taught for one period a fortnight to Year 7 and one period a fortnight to Year 8, and is taught in a fully equipped Drama studio.  Students explore a variety of themes, skills and devices with a focus on their making, performing and evaluating skills. Schemes of work are taught in themed units and there is one focused performance project. In some of these units, students have the opportunity to explore technical theatre and directing.

Key Stage 4 Drama/Production Arts (Design) Curriculum

Both courses begin in Year 9 with building drama or design skills in both practical and written elements, exploring key practitioners and styles of acting and design. In Years 10 and 11 the BTEC Technical Award in Performing Arts begins and three components are completed for this course:

  • Component one: Exploring the Performing Arts - assessed internally
  • Component two: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts - assessed internally
  • Component three: Performing to a Brief - assessed externally

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Drama department offers a Year 7 and 8 Drama Club that meets once a week. The club aims to build student confidence and a passion for drama.

The Astley Cooper Drama Company was formed in 2010 and is aimed at more able Drama students. The group perform in both school and external events. They have performed at the Welwyn Youth Drama Festival and as part of the National Theatre Connections Project. The company work with both script and devising material and produce performances of a high standard.

Regular theatre trips and workshops by outside theatre practitioners form part of our programme of study. Recent visits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Drowned Man by Punchdrunk, Wicked, One Man, Two Guvnors and The Woman in Black and we have a backstage tour of the National Theatre.

Workshops have been run by Gecko, exploring physical theatre and mask work, and by visiting professional actors. 

The Production Arts department offers a Year 7 and 8 Technical Club that meet once a week. The club aims to build student confidence and a passion for back stage theatre aspects.  

The Technical Club is a group of young enthusiasts who meet to learn more about technical theatre, lighting, sound and set design, getting to support in productions.

Life in Modern Britain

  • Students work in groups and are accepting of other people's beliefs and values
  • Students learn about key British figures from the theatre industry
  • Students are introduced to a variety of cultures and learn about their theatrical heritage

Subject Leader, Miss C McIntyre

  1. AQA Drama Specification
  2. AQA Drama Mark Scheme