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Our ambitious and inclusive curriculum is designed to empower our students to become life-long learners and successful global citizens.

Through a well-sequenced curriculum, we intend to embed knowledge and skills that challenge all learners, exposing students to a range of texts and performances, fostering an appreciation of the drama canon and broadening their cultural capital.

By developing students’ speaking and listening skills in performance, as well as their reading and writing skills in evaluating and analysing writers’ artistic intentions and their own, we hope to make them critical readers and powerful communicators who can engage effectively with the modern world.

The key principles of the discipline – creative meaning in performance, applying theatrical skills to realise artistic intentions, demonstrating knowledge of the development and performance of drama and theatre and analysis – and are embedded into teaching and learning at KS3 and KS4, in an age-appropriate manner.

Literacy is absolutely at the forefront of our Drama curriculum, which is built thematically in order to develop cultural capital and to interest students in a range of types of text and thus, foster a love of reading as well as performing. Students regularly work with scripts and extracts from text as stimulus materials and are set additional disciplinary reading as homework tasks.

Students develop their understanding of social and historical contexts, bias and prejudice by exploring our themes of Place, Identity and Morality, as part of our enriched and society centred curriculum. This is aligned with our Key Stage 3 English Curriculum. The four Cs that underpin our delivery of the Drama curriculum - cooperation, communication, creativity and confidence - support our students in becoming successful global citizens. 

To raise aspirations and allow our students to make informed decisions about their future, we provide subject specific careers education. In order to demystify careers in Drama, we create opportunities to help students think like designers, producers, stage runners, promoters and directors, as well as actors. We also emphasise how sophisticated reading, writing and speaking and listening skills, all of which are explicitly developed in Drama, are critical to a huge range of roles, from lawyer to politician.

Our Curriculum Maps outline our curriculum design and the development of knowledge and skills from Years 7-11. Students are examined on the OCR Specification in GCSE Drama.