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Like theatre, drama in schools can unlock the use of imagination, intellect, empathy and courage.Through it, ideas, responses, and feelings can be expressed and communicated. It carries the potential to challenge, to question and to bring about change.
Jude Kelly, theatre director and founder of Metal

The subject of Drama at secondary school level can be broken into three strands:

  1. The social skills Drama enhances. For example, team work, communication, breaking down social barriers.
  2. The History of Theatre, play scripts and playwrights, genres and practitioner.
  3. Acting and performance skills for Theatre, film and TV.

At Teddington School Drama lessons are always practical and the three strands listed above are weaved together throughout the KS3 Drama curriculum. There are three areas to every task set: rehearsal, performance and evaluation.

Students are assessed using the levels provided by the Arts Council. These can be found on the Arts Council website:

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Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 students have one Drama lesson a week. A basic outline of areas of study at Key Stage Three is below:

Year Seven

  • Darkwood Manor

  • Pantomime

  • Greek Theatre

  • Shakespeare play – Macbeth (Cross curricula link with English)

  • Bullying

  • Roald Dahl play – The Witches

Year Eight

  • Fairtrade
  • Commedia Dell’ Arte
  • Shakespeare Play – Twelfth Night (Cross curricula link with English)
  • Missing
  • Titanic
  • Physical Theatre

Year Nine

  • Shakespeare play - Romeo and Juliet (Cross curricula link with English)
  • Shelter
  • Blood Brothers
  • World War I
  • Mugged
  • Stephen Lawrence

Key Stage 4

Students studying GCSE Drama have three Drama lessons a week and follow the Ed Excel GCSE Drama syllabus. From September 2012 students will follow the AQA syllabus.

Year Ten

  • Intro to GCSE Drama
  • Curious Incident
  • Dreams and Nightmares
  • Women in Black
  • Mock unit 3
  • Unit 1 Controlled assessment written and practical

Year Eleven

  • Lovesong / Frantic Assembly
  • Unit 2 GCSE, practical and written work
  • Begin rehearsals for Unit 3
  • GCSE performance exam

Year Twelve

  • Unit 1 practical and written work
  • Unit 2 practical performance and monologues

Year Thirteen

  • Unit 3 practical and written work
  • Unit 4 exam

The GCSE course outline:

  • Unit One – Devised work based on the exploration of a theme or topic. (2009 – Celebrity culture, 2010 – War, 2011 – War.)
  • Unit Two - Scripted work based on a play. (2009 – Who’s Life is it anyway?  2010 – Blood Brothers, 2011 – The Woman in Black.)
  • Unit Three – Scripted or devised performance to an examiner

Students studying Drama for GCSE have the chance to go on several theatre trips throughout the year. In addition to local Theatre trips to The Rose Theatre, Kingston or Richmond Theatre.

In addition to Curriculum Drama we also run a number of extra-curricular clubs and activities such as Year 7 Drama Club on Monday after school and Thursday lunchtimes, House Drama competitions, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Performance Evenings, and an annual production involving large numbers of students from all year groups. Private LAMDA tuition is also available.


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