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Departmental Aims

The Drama Department aims to provide a nurturing, safe space for pupils to learn about the world through the medium of Drama, express themselves creatively and develop personal and social skills that will take them through life.  The teachers work as a team and model the collaborative ethos, which is fundamental to any creative work.  We want our pupils to enjoy coming to Drama and work collaboratively on themes which are meaningful to their lives.

We foster a trusting environment where pupils can give and receive constructive criticism, viewing it as a key part of the creative process and thrive on being challenged to take creative risks, beyond their comfort zones.  We encourage our pupils to contribute to the creative and spiritual life of the school, which is vital to our Dominican Ethos.

Our aims are to offer all pupils unique and particular opportunities to:

  • Learn about the world through the medium of Drama.

  • Develop personal and social skills.

  • Build their knowledge of Theatre as an Art Form.

  • Learn to use Drama techniques as a tool for learning and performing.

  • Contribute to the learning and development of their peers through peer-assessment activities and enhance part of their own learning using self-evaluative techniques.

Central to work in Drama/Performing Arts is the development of skills and confidence in co-operative group work, which are transferable both to other curricular areas and to life outside school.


Drama/Performing Arts lessons at all levels include opportunities for:

  • Sharing of learning objectives.

  • Development of thinking skills.

  • Focused activities.

  • Work in role by pupils and teachers.

  • Out of role discussion and evaluation.


Mrs D Clarke (HoD)

Mrs J Webb


Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 are timetabled for one period of Drama each week.  During this time, they are given the opportunity to explore and use language and movement as a means of expression and communication.  The staff place enormous focus on providing the pupils with opportunities to develop their self-confidence and encourage creativity in all aspects of school life.  The curriculum aims to equip the pupils with the transferable and invaluable skills needed in order to empower them for life, and the course at Key Stage 3 provides an excellent foundation for GCSE Drama.

Drama Curriculum: Key Stage 3

Term 1:  September – December

2 Tracker Assessments

Term 2:  January – Easter

2 Tracker Assessments

Term 3:  Easter – June

End of Year Summer Examination

Key Stage 4: GCSE

We offer the CCEA specifications for GCSE Drama.

Drama Curriculum Key Stage 4: CCEA - GCSE Drama

Unit 1 (25%)

Completed in Year 11

Internally Assessed and Externally Moderated:

Devised Performance

(Recorded Controlled Assessment: 15%)

Written Log Book

(Controlled Assessment 10%)

Unit 2 (35%)

Completed in Year 12

Controlled Assessment: Externally Moderated.


Scripted Performance

(Groups of up to 6)

Unit 3

(Completed in Year 12)

External Examination

Set Text

“Blood Brothers” By Willy Russell


1hour 30 minutes

Requirements for Entry into A Level Performing Arts:

  • Grade B GCSE Drama

  • Grade B GCSE English (Preferable)

Key Stage 5

Pupils will study Pearson Edexcel Drama and Theatre at GCE A-level. This is a 2 Year Linear course consisting of three components (see Course Outline below).

Component 1: Devised


Solo and Group Performances


An original devised performance, including research, analysis and evaluation of the process of devising.

Internally assessed and Externally Moderated

30% of A Level

Completed by summer Year 13

Component 2:

Performance of Scripted Material


Externally Marked monologue and group Performance


Externally assessed Live Performance

Internally assessed and Externally Moderated

30% of A Level

Completed by summer Year 14

Component 3: Written Examination


The Written Paper comprises of 3 sections:

Section 1: Review of a Live Performance seen during the course. Section 2: Set Text 1: Two questions from the perspective of a performer and designer.

Section 3: Set Text 3: A reimagining of the set Text from a director’s perspective.


Externally Assessed

40% of A Level

Exam taken in summer of Year 14

Drama Facilities

The department consists of two purpose-built Black Box Studios; one with a mirrored wall for dancers and both have a lighting rig for performances.  Both studio rooms are equipped with touch-screen boards and Apple TV boxes which are used regularly to evaluate recorded performances.

Senior Performing Arts and Drama examinations take place in the Lecture Theatre which is complete with PA system, tiered seating for approximately 90 people, and a double lighting rig.

The school Assembly Hall is used as a performance space for School Productions and is equipped with a 32 channel sound desk and full lighting rig with follow spot.

Why Study Drama?

Drama and the Performing Arts equip pupils with essential life skills such as confidence, communication skills, creativity, team work, time management and discipline that are essential for personal and professional life.

The GCSE and A Level courses offer students the chance to explore a full range of performance and technical disciplines, including acting, directing, lighting design, sound design, costume design and stage-management.  These subjects promote student choice, allow for different creative approaches and develop independent learning skills.

The pupils take an active part in planning and creating performances.  By working as part of a team they will learn how performances are put together from the initial ideas, through planning and rehearsals to the final performance in front of an audience.

Performing Arts Pupils may go on to study Drama and Theatre at university or Drama School.  The Northern Ireland Film industry is one of the biggest growing industries in Northern Ireland.

Performing Arts is an Applied A-Level Subject.  Many of our pupils that study Performing Arts, go on to study university degrees in subjects such as, Law and Teaching.

Drama Department Activities and Events

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Drama Club is open to all pupils from years 8-10 who have an interest in performing.  Pupils work on a selection of scripted material, create their own devised work and attend workshops to develop their performance skills.  They perform at Assemblies, the Year 8 Halloween Fancy Dress and special performances for peers and parents.

School Productions

A Whole School Production is put on every Three years.  This is a lavish production and all pupils may audition for a performance role or volunteer to be part of the back stage, wardrobe and technical teams.  There is usually a cast of over 100 pupils.  Past Productions include:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat

  • The Sound of Music

  • The Greatest Show

Drama Workshops and Theatre Trips

Working with professional Theatre companies and experiencing live theatre are regarded as integral to the Drama curriculum and we have developed a strong relationship with The Lyric and Bruiser Theatre companies, who frequently facilitate workshops in the school for our Drama pupils.

The pupils also attend live theatre on a regular basis. Recent events have included:

  • Drama and English Trip to London

  • Workshop with Bruiser Theatre Director Lisa May

  • ‘Blood Brothers’ Trip to the Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin

  • Online acting workshop with Lyric Theatre Actress Jo Donnelly.

Regular Drama Festivals, Competitions and Performances

Each year we run class and year group Drama Festivals which include:

  • GCSE and A Level Final Showcase Performances for Parents and Friends

  • Speech and Poetry Speaking Competition Year 8

  • Greek Theatre Project and Mask Making Competition Year 8

  • Macbeth Performance and Costume Design Competition Year 9

  • Halloween Fancy Dress Performance Year 9-10

  • Performances at special assemblies

  • DCF Talent Festival Years 8-10

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