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Thank you to all our academies who shared their strategies for supporting the most vulnerable pupils during lockdown by getting them into school


New Year 7s can check this video presentation from Ms Raggett and as part of their transition process before September.


Advice for parents on home learning in Shqip. Please check if you have any questions.


Advice for parents on home learning in Arabic. Please check if you have any questions.


Advice for parents on home learning in Somali. Please check if you have any questions.


Advice for parents on home learning in English. Please check if you have any questions.


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Very excited to be welcoming staff to our FREE ‘Life after Lockdown’ taster sessions today 😀


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Based on the film 'say no to racism', the Head of Media Studies at garnered support from everyone & produced this simple 59 second film | an artistic headline to the background work we are doing on eliminating racism. Hope you like.


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Very much worth listening to this podcast from 8 mins in delivered by Carolyn English from ⁦⁩ on how children are presenting post lockdown & how schools and families can help restore the time stolen by Covid ⁦


Congratulations to Viola in year 9 for what Mr Syed describes as a "technically outstanding" sketch. Stunning work at home.


Students who have come back to this week have all had a “Welcome Back” assembly with to support them with keeping safe in the Academy.


A fantastic piece of writing completed at home by John in Year 9. Thanks to Ms Kulekci for sharing.


As part of their return to school, Year 10s are having a session on their mental health and well being.


Mrs Raggett and Mr Savage ready to check the temperatures of our Year 10s as they arrive at the Academy and we do all we can to keep our community safe.


Our fantastic staff also excited and ready to welcome year 10s back to the Academy later this morning.


Last week's home learning Art project was ... can you name the artists that influenced this amazing work from Pratiksha, Deren, Youssef and Bunny?


We are excited to welcome back some of our Year 10 students to the Academy today. Fantastic support from staff and parents. It's a new normal, but we are doing it together.


Thanks to Analy for designing this fantastic anti racism poster.


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It seems quite some time since children Oliver & Kisha were amongst the students were interviewed by Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands about what schools should look like in future | different worlds


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Day two of socially distanced staff induction before we welcome students for their induction next week.

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We study drama because it is a discipline that cultivates a well-rounded confident individual, through the development of their emotional intelligence, creative, analytical and performance skills. By exploring plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners, drama teaches us about a world beyond our own through the eyes of another. This in turn develops the academic knowledge of the social, cultural and historical context that is explored. Drama explores the world of theatre as the director, actor and designer allowing us to demonstrate our strengths through practical and written skills. The prospects created through studying drama are numerous in a world increasingly focused on creativity and emotional well-being.


In drama students learn by:

• Developing their understanding of theatrical styles, genres and practitioners.

• Performing published plays.

• Devising performances in the style of recognised practitioners.

• Understanding the social, cultural, historical context of the world of the play. 

• Analysing, and evaluating live performances and interpretation.

Key Stage 3 content

In KS3 students develop their performance, creativity, confidence and team-work skills through the exploration of a variety of different genres, performance styles and plays. This enables the students to have a wider cultural understanding of theatre and performance, develop their acting and oracy skills whilst growing into emphatic creative individuals.  Topics explored include developing the use of voice and physicality skills through plays such as ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night Time’, which tackle historical and social issues through understanding and engagement with characters. Additionally, students start to explore different genres and styles from naturalism and physical theatre, to powerful Epic theatre and Verbatim enabling them to understand how theatre has the power to change and educate. Evaluation through is embedded into each lesson through, which develops students written and oracy skills throughout key stage 3.

Key Stage 4 content

Drama GCSE is comprised of three components which enhance theatrical understanding, performance and evaluation skills. The key stage three curriculum has been designed to support and develop student passion for the subject through the development of performance skills and creativity and key stage four is built to continually develop this through the further knowledge of practitioner styles, form and playwrights whilst building on existing performance skills and techniques.

  • Component one; devising performance in the style of a chosen practitioner whilst keeping a portfolio of development and an evaluation of the final performance,
  • Component two; performing an extract from a published play
  • Component three; a written exam that explores how you would act design and direct the play DNA by Dennis Kelly and a review of a live theatre production

The course requires the ability to develop and perform in a range of styles using a high level of skill, creativity and character understanding. Students also require detailed analytical and evaluation skills to in order to reflect on their own practice and that of professionals

Key Stage 5 content

At KS5 students can choose to study drama A-Level which further develops the skills and knowledge base secured at GCSE, focusing on extensive theatre practitioner exploration and the study of plays and playwrights, including Lysistrata by Aristophanes and That Face by Polly Stenhem.

  • Component One requires students to create and perform a piece of original theatre in the style of a chosen practitioner whilst documenting the process and final performance in a written portfolio.
  • Component Two is a performance from a published play, one as a group, one as a monologue
  • Component Three is a written exam exploring plays in different styles as audience member, director, designer and actor.

A-level drama students will have developed a passion for the theatre through their previous study which is required for the high level of commitment and discipline needed to produce creative and original pieces of live theatre as part of a group. Students develop analytical, evaluation skills, enhance creativity and teamwork whilst also gaining a wider cultural understanding through the world of theatre and the social, cultural, historical context of the world of each play.

Extra Curricular

Wednesday after school: KS3 Drama club

Annual school show: Auditions will take place in February

Exam Specifications

Eduqas | C690 | GCSE in Drama

Pearson Edexcel | 9DR0 | A Level Drama and Theatre


Careers in drama, theatre and the creative industries are explored through lessons in all stages. There is also an emphasis on the skills drama develops which apply to a range of public fronted, creative roles. Industry professionals are invited to the school through talks and workshops and the opportunity to see live professional at work in performance is given at all key stages.