The Arts: Drama

“All people contain mystery, and when you act you want to plumb that mystery until everything is known to you.” – Meryl Streep

Welcome & Ethos

In Drama, students can explore both themselves and the world around them without the barriers of pen and paper, screen and keyboard.

We aim to provide a course that gives students the dramatic techniques they can use to explore characters and ideas, and that gives them the confidence they need to communicate clearly with an audience. We provide opportunities for them to perform in a variety of situations and to experience the performances of a variety of other practitioners.

Extra-curricular activities include drama clubs, performances ranging through lunch time shows, small scale studio productions to full scale school musicals, and trips to professional performances and workshops. Students from Nunnery have performed on the stage at the Palace Theatre Redditch in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival, at Worcester Cathedral as part of the Voices and Visions Festival, and in workshops at the internationally-renowned Pineapple Dance Studio in London. New and established theatre companies have visited and worked with our students, such as Big Brum, Vamos, Perfect Circle and Calanit.

Context of the Subject

Since people first spoke they have told stories, and drama is perhaps the purest form of storytelling, satisfying a need we all have to learn about others and about ourselves. Drama makes confident, skilled story-tellers of us all, contributing significantly to personal growth and happiness.

In twenty first century Britain, the skills Drama teaches, of communication, team-working and memory are all easily transferable skills, greatly valued in the working world with application to professions as diverse as law and medicine, policing and saleswork.

Staffing Structure

Curriculum Leader
Mr S Burford
Phone: 01905 363653

Team Structure
Curriculum Leader for the Arts
Curriculum Leader for Drama
2 full time Drama teachers
1 Performing Arts teaching assistant/technician

Curriculum Facilities

1 drama studio with stage and sound and lighting provision which, when opened out into the Dance Studio, provides a fully operational theatre with raked seating and an orchestra pit.


KS3 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS3 teaching in the subject area

Use of face / voice / body language / movement and gesture to communicate meaning to an audience.
Development of confidence in communication.
Understanding of different performance spaces.
Understanding of basic drama terms.
Awareness of different dramatic genres and styles.
Awareness of role in drama in the wider (working) world.

Organisation of the KS3 curriculum (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings)

One 1 hour lesson every week for three out of the six half terms per year (alternating each half term with Dance).

Each half term students are introduced to a new topic, spend most of the half term exploring / rehearsing that topic, and then carry out a performed assessment in the last week of the half term.

Students receive verbal feedback (peer and teacher) throughout each module which they are required to record in a diary, immediate verbal feedback from the teacher at the end of their final, assessed performance, and a written, formative assessment from the teacher. They are also required to record their own final comments and targets for their next performance.


KS4 Overview -repeated for each GCSE in the department and each year
From September 2017
Please be clear if there is a different course for year 10 and year 11

Subject title, board and syllabus code

Drama AQA 8261

KS4 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS4 teaching in the subject area

Understanding of drama terminology.
Communication with audience through use of face / voice/ body language / movement and gesture.
Interpretation of script through performance work.
Ability to create devised scripts for performance.
Critical awareness of professionally performed work.
A critical approach to own work.

Organisation of the KS4 curriculum (brief summary of long term plan of units and very approximate timings)

Introduction to drama (half a term approx.)
One devised piece of work plus a devising log (one term approx.)
Two performance pieces from one text (one term approx.)
One performance piece from set text (one term approx.)
The watching and analysis of professionally performed work (running concurrently with above).
Examination preparation.


Details re Assessment (number of examinations, weighting, components) Key topic list per year group

Course made up of three components:

  • Component One – an examination (40% of final grade)
  • Component Two – a devised performance and written log (40% of final grade)
  • Component Three – scripted performance of two play extracts (20% of final grade)

Component One:
The examination will be 1hour and 45 minutes long. It will have three sections:

  1. Multi choice questions on theatrical terms (4 marks)
  2. Four questions on a set play that we have studied and rehearsed (44 marks)
  3. One question on a play that we have studied and seen performed. (32 marks)

Component Two:
This is made up of two parts:

  1. A devised piece of drama that you have created, rehearsed and performed, based on a stimulus that you have been given. (20 marks)
  2. A devising log (60 marks)

There will be three sections in your log, each worth 20 marks:

  • Response to stimulus (creation)
  • Development and collaboration (rehearsal)
  • Analysis and evaluation (performance)

It is suggested that each section should be between 400-600 words, with the overall log to be no longer than 2,500 words

Component Three
The performance of two extracts from one play. Schools have their choice of play as long as the play chosen is different from the examination set text and is given the approval of the examination board.

Sources of information that may be useful