GCSE

Drama is taught at GCSE by the Head of Drama. GCSE classes receive five periods of lessons over a two week timetable, with extra time for rehearsals in-built from the beginning of the course. We follow the Welsh Examination Board (Wjec) at GCSE and A Level. This offers the opportunity to devise and create theatre and also to explore the principles which underpin effective drama practice. 

Pupils have the opportunity to create original work and evaluate the work of others, involving in-depth textual study and live productions. Practical examination modules include devised projects and extracts from textual study. The written examination involves the analysis and evaluation, from a practical stand-point, of prescribed texts and Live Productions

Pupils also participate in professional workshops from lead practitioners, such as Frantic Assembly, War Horse and specialists in set and costume design.  Pupils see six live productions a year to fulfil assessment objectives. Live Productions in 2018/19 included: ‘Come from Away’ The Woman in Black’, and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. Students also have the chance to take the backstage tour of The National Theatre and a tour of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.