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Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all – Aristotle.

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


Why Study Drama?

Being able to express yourself clearly and presenting yourself with confidence is helpful in many careers and Drama can help you do this. 

Drama can help you build your confidence and social skills that could help you in interviews, talking in front of others and giving presentations either in other subjects or in a work environment.

Drama is not a soft subject but it does help you develop soft skills as stated in a recent article written by Valerie Strauss for the Washington Post which describes the findings of recent research undertaken by Google on its employees, stating that the seven top skills of success which were:-

·         Being a good coach

·         Communicating and listening well

·         Possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view)

·         Having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues

·         Being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.

The subject of Drama at secondary school level can be broken into three strands all of which encompass the skills to making you not just workforce ready but world ready as listed above:

1. The social skills Drama enhances.

2. The History of Theatre

3. Performance skills

At Teddington School Drama lessons taught in mixed ability groups and are always practical. 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 each half term using a skills matrix’s which focuses on areas needed in order to be able to access GCSE and A Level Drama.

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 are below:

Year 7

Darkwood Manor


Shakespeare play – Macbeth (Cross curricula link with English)

Slapstick and Silent movies


Greek Theatre

Students will also partake in a trip to the Theatre to see the Pantomime at Richmond Theatre before Christmas.

Year 8


Commedia Dell’ Arte

Shakespeare Play – Romeo and Juliet (Cross curricula link with English)

Soap Opera

Social Media (Brecht)

Scripts (Stanislavski)

Year 9

Physical Theatre

Blood Brothers

Fame and Celebrity



Let Him Have It

Key Stage 4

Students studying GCSE Drama have seven Drama lessons a fortnight in year 10 and 6 in year 11. Students follow the AQA  GCSE Drama syllabus.

Year Ten

Intro to GCSE Drama


Component 1 Exam prep The 39 Steps and review writing

Component 1 Exam prep The 39 Steps   and review writing

Component 2 Devised

Component 2 Devised

Year Eleven

Component 1 Exam prep The 39 Steps and review writing

Component 3 Scripted performances

Component 3 Scripted performances

Component 1 Exam prep

Component 1 Exam prep

The GCSE Course outliner

Component One – Written exam 40%

Component Two - Devised performance and written log 30%

Component Three – Scripted performance to an examiner 30%

2018 Results 82% 4+  24% 7+

Year Twelve


Component 2 Scripted performance

Component 1 Hedda Gabler and review writing for exam

Year Thirteen

Component 2 Devised

Component 3 Scripted performances

Component 1 Hedda Gabler, Yerma and review writing for the exam

2018 A2 Results 100% C+

Students studying Drama for GCSE and A Level 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 lunchtime, Musical Theatre club on a Tuesday after school, House Drama competitions, Shakespeare club on a Thursday lunchtime, Performance Evenings, Performing Arts evening and an annual production involving large numbers of students from all year groups. Private LAMDA tuition is also available. 

Key Resources and Set Texts

Year 7 Macbeth

Year 8 Romeo and Juliet

Year 9 Blood Brothers/ Teechers

Year 10 The 39 Steps / AQA GCSE Drama

Year 11 The 39 Steps / AQA GCSE Drama

Year 12/13 Hedda Gabler and Yerma

Arts Council Website| External Webpage

 Private LAMDA tuition is also available.

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