Mr E Walker - Subject Leader
Ms S Edwards

At Richmond Park Academy, we believe that drama is a challenging and rewarding academic subject.

We aim to:

  • encourage our students to think and behave creatively
  • enable them to examine issues and emotions from perspectives other than their own
  • help students develop practical skills
  • foster an appreciation and understanding of drama as an art form
  • encourage critical, reflective thinking at every level
  • assist in developing confident, co-operative and self-disciplined young people

Drama is taught as a subject in its own right. From the very beginning of Year 7, we train our students to work effectively and co-operatively in groups; to work towards original, imaginative performances and to evaluate, fairly and critically, their own work and that of others. At every level, students explore text, improvisation and live theatre from the perspectives of actor, director and critic.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - One lesson per week in Year 7.  Students work on developing performance and communication skills through a variety of units.

  • Serious Fun
  • Use of Space
  • Cuddington Manor
  • Non-Naturalism
  • Character Exploration
  • Script work

Year 8 - One lesson per week in Year 8.  The skills begun in Year 7 are further developed.

  • Abstract / Commedia dell’Arte
  • Spontaneous Improvisation
  • Script work / text based
  • Theatre of Silence
  • Basic Practitioners
  • Acting and Directing Project

Year 9 - One lesson per week for Year 9 consolidates this work as well as introduces students to the GCSE Drama syllabus.

  • Masks / Physical Theatre
  • GCSE Tester - Component One - Devising
  • GCSE Tester - Component Two - Text study
  • Acting for Film
  • Devised Project

Key Stage 4

Year 10 follow the new EDEXCEL GCSE 1-9 drama course. They are taught a broad range of drama performing, designing and analytical skills. The course is largely practical in delivery and has practical and elements to the assessment. Students will be expected to attend regular theatre trips.

Component One - Devising (40%)
  • Part One - A portfolio showing evidence of ideas and learning (25%)
  • Part Two - A practical performance or design from a stimulus (15%)
Component Two - Performance from text (20%)
  • A performance or design piece of existing text.
Component Three - Theatre makers in practice (40%)
  • Part One - Answer a question on how you would approach an extract of pre-studied text as either a designer or performer 
  • Part Two - A review of a live performance

Year 11 follow the EDEXCEL GCSE Drama course. They are taught in mixed ability groups for three single periods per week, with theatre visits and rehearsal sessions taking place after school.

There is no written examination for Drama. The course is 70% practical and 30% written work in the form of a portfolio that supports the practical work.

Unit 1 - 30%

This is in the form of practical workshops based on a theme (topics such as Crime and Punishment/Childhood/ Teenage Issues). This work is examined by the teacher and a supporting portfolio is produced.

Unit 2 - 30%

This is in the form of practical workshops based on a set text (such as ‘Blood Brothers’/ ‘The Crucible’). This work is examined by the teacher and a supporting portfolio is produced.

Unit 3 - 40%

For Paper Two, students demonstrate their performance skills before an invited audience and visiting examiner. There is an emphasis on performance throughout the course.

Key Stage 5

Students work with the dance, drama and music department on the BTEC Performing Arts. The course is run over two two years and consists of four components.

Component One and Two are mandatory and taken in year one leading to the certificate.

Component Three and Four are used to bring the qualification to A Level equivalent and are studied in the second year.

Extracurricular Activities

2016/17 Drama Production: Hairspray

Rehearsals every Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm

Year 7 and 8 Drama Club

Every Thursday during second break (from 12.45pm to 1.40pm)

Year 11 Drama Catch-up

Every Friday from 3.30pm to 5.00pm