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‘The lessons and the teachers are really good and I’ve made so many more friends since starting the sixth form’ Emily, Year 12

‘I’ve been able to achieve a level of independence but still rely on the support of staff I know when I’ve needed it’ Beth, Year 13

‘To begin with I was nervous about meeting new people but everyone has been welcoming. The subjects I chose are right for me and the teachers are helpful. Coming here was the right decision’ A new student who started in Yr 12

“I taught in several schools and I was only blessed with sons but I firmly believe that if I had a daughter I would want her to go to this school because I am aware at first hand of the dedication of all of its staff to the care and education of the girls. This school does realise that it is precious cargo that it carries.” A former teacher


Why study Drama?

Here are some reasons why Drama is a good choice for you: It can boost your self-confidence You will communicate with a wide variety of people You will explore different characters You will work both independently and in groups This is a very practical Drama Course, with the emphasis being on learning through doing. It will allow you to improve your performance skills by creating your own work and preparing existing texts for performance. The course is modular and has two units:

Unit One: Written Paper 40% of the total marks (marked out of 80) 1 hour 30 min The written paper comprises three sections:

A – Practical work completed during the course
B – Study and performance of a scripted play
C – Study of a live theatre production seen

Students must answer Question 1 from Section A and choose one further question from either Section B or Section C. The examination is externally set and marked.

Unit Two: Controlled Assessment

60% of the total marks (marked out of 120)
Students are required to present practical work for two controlled assessment options, each with a weighting of 30% (60 marks each).
The practical work will explore a range of options, including:

  • Acting
  • Devised Improvisation
  • Theatre-in-Education

Each controlled assessment option has the following weighting: • process and understanding of skills development – 7.5% • final presentation: either performance or demonstration/artefact(s) – 22.5% Internally assessed and externally moderated. What else do you need to know? Drama is very much a team subject so commitment to the course is essential, including lunchtime and after-school rehearsals when necessary. You will have the opportunity to take part in Performance Evenings and visits to the theatre.


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