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In Drama we aim to provide a safe, stimulating environment in which to promote self-expression, build self-confidence, enhance creativity and encourage co-operation. Students develop key skills such as self-confidence, communication skills, listening skills, co-operation, concentration and self-control.



KEY STAGE 3 - Years 7
Our main aim is to ensure that all students feel able to express their ideas and opinions through practical and written work. They are given ownership by exploring their imagination within a given context and a focused structure, using explorative strategies and technical support.


KEY STAGE 3 - Year 8 Performing Arts (Dance & Drama)

Our main aim, through a project based curriculum, is to inspire and enthuse pupils to consider the career options within the performing arts sector. Pupils gain a broad knowledge and understanding of and develop skills in both dance and drama. We provide a comprehensive and challenging programme of study that builds on interest and the potential opportunity to progress to employment.


KEY STAGE 4 - Years 9, 10 and 11 AQA GCSE Drama (8261)

Pupils studying GCSE Drama will complete the following components.


Component 1: Understanding drama (40% of GCSE)

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre.
  • Study of one set play (Blood Brothers)
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers.

How will i be assessed?

  • Written exam (80 marks) 1 hour and 45 minutes 
  • Open book (you are allowed to take a blank copy of Blood Brothers into the exam)

Component 2: Devising drama (practical) 40% of GCSE

  • Process of creating devised drama.
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer).
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work.

How will i be assessed?

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)


Throughout the course students develop their knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts industry, looking at the various roles and careers available to them.


As well as the KS3 and KS4 curriculum, we have lunchtime and after school Drama clubs for Years 7, 8 and 9, where students work towards public performances. Years 10 and 11 students present their practical work during Drama Nights and also the annual school production. Regular theatre trips are organised so that students gain an appreciation of Drama it is a popular and enjoyable subject at Smithills School. Drama gives students the opportunity to learn skills that will prepare them for work and for life.



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