DRAMA at Kenilworth School and Sixth Form

Here in the Drama department we aim to develop the following skills in students:

·         Creativity, sensitivity, and confidence.

·         An understanding of values.

·         An understanding of cultural differences and change.

·         Physical and perceptual skills.

·         Communication of ideas.

·         Knowledge and understanding of drama forms.

·         Drama as a learning tool.

·         Appraisal skills of appreciation and evaluation.

·         An interest in theatre and theatrical forms.

·         A passion and appreciation of Live Theatre.

·         Skills in lighting, sound, set and costume design.

Key Stage 3 Drama:

Drama is a vital tool in the development of understanding and English as a subject. We use Drama techniques to explore text, character and context in English lessons, and in the summer term of years 7 and 8 explore and study one play dramatically. These opportunities allow students to learn and engage with the key concepts and forms of drama, build their confidence and support their understanding of language.

In year 9, Drama is a vital component of the summer term’s study of a Shakespeare play in 2016, this will culminate in a celebration of Shakespeare’s work.


Key Stage 4 Drama:

Students studying Drama at GCSE follow the Edexcel specification-

Unit 1-
Paper 1- Study and exploration of Drama forms and mediums- using explorative strategies in workshops to explore a theme. E.g. Conflict.
Paper 2 - Written coursework is completed to evaluate and reflect on this practical process.

Unit 2- 
Paper 1- Study and exploration of a complete text- assessed practical workshops exploring that text in detail

Paper 2- Written coursework to evaluation the practical process

Paper 3- A Written Evaluation of a piece of Live Theatre Seen

Unit 3- A completely practical unit where students work in small groups to produce a piece of live performance for an examiner based on a theme. E.g. Contrast. Students can opt to work as an actor, lighting/sound designer, costume/set designer.

Key Stage 5 Drama and Theatre Studies-
We study Drama and Theatre studies on the AQA specification. Students partake in an academic study of the subject of Drama and Theatre Studies where they foster a deepened understanding of all elements of the Theatre- from the written text itself, the theoretical principals of the subject and the technical appreciation of Live Theatre and contemporary practitioners



Unit 1 (Written paper- 60% of AS)

·         Response to Live Theatre Seem

·         Prescribed study of a play


Unit 2 (Practical Exam- 40% AS)

Practical performance of an extract from a text in the style of a practitioner
Theatre Company or director.


Unit 3 (Written Paper)

        A Study of a Pre-Twentieth Century Text

        B Study of a Contemporary Text


Unit 4 (Practical Exam)

Practical performance of an original devised piece of theatre in a particular Theatrical style.

Extra-Curricular Drama

Year 7/8 Drama Club- (Christmas production and Spring term production)

Year 9 Drama Club- Christmas Production and Summer Shakespeare Festival


Annual School Production

Students from all year groups have the opportunity to take part in an end of year Musical Theatre Production. Previous shows have included Blood Brothers, Oliver, Les Miserables and 2015’s production of Grease! Not only do students have the opportunity to perform but have been set, costume lighting and sound designers’ stage managers and photographers- 2015’s production has enjoyed the involvement of over 60 students in our backstage, technical and design crew.