Welcome to the Drama Department.

Curriculum Leader:  Miss K Toland
Progress Leader (Y7):  Miss H Fox
Head of Year (Y9):  Mrs E Woodrow-Ramma

Drama is a popular subject studied by all year 7 and year 8 students and can be chosen, as both, a GCSE and an A-Level option.


Subject Overview

Years 7 and 8

Throughout the early years we endeavour to teach students, not only key drama skills, but personal and group skills.

Students learn through a practical and enjoyable way how to work as part of a team, how to support and encourage others and also leadership skills.

Through imaginative and engaging schemes of works, students learn lots of drama skills, including; acting, devising, script work, lighting, music, staging and many more.


Years 9 to 11

The GCSE option for drama is always a popular one amongst students at Thomas Bennett.

Year 9 students are following the Edexcel level 1 BTEC. They will explore how to develop performing skills as well as gaining understanding and experience of working within the Performing Arts industry. They will leave year 11 with a BTEC and GCSE under their belt.


Year 10

Students follow the new Edexcel GCSE specification. They learn about staging performances and practically explore published playtexts. They will be assessed on their performing as well as their work in lessons.

They will also complete a written exam at the end of year 11 based on their own work, as well as a theatre review.


Year 11

This year (2016-17) students are following the old Edexcel GCSE specification, and will be the last group using this.

They explore a specific theme and a play through practical drama exploration. They complete 3 pieces of coursework to go alongside their practical work.

They will complete an examined performance at the end of year 11.


Years 12 and 13

We offer AS and A-Level in theatre studies for post-16 students. They follow the Edexcel specification. Within the course they study a number of plays, in a number of different ways. They use drama exploration to explore the plays and then write coursework and portfolios to support this.
They take part in 2 practical performances, a monologue and a duologue.

There is a written exam at the end of year 12 for AS students and year 13 for A-Level students.


We also offer a level 2 BTEC in Performing arts. This is a practical subject, which allows students to explore the performing arts industry. They cover a number of different areas, including: acting, stage management, lighting, sound, props, costumes, and many more. Performing Arts is a very hands on course.



We also have a theatre company called ‘Impact Theatre’ which runs after school, and is open to all students from y7-11.

Impact Theatre Company usually put on a performance at Christmas and towards the end of the school year.

This year they created a performance for the year 6 transition day which explore worries about starting secondary school. As well as this they ran workshops with the year 6 students to help them develop their drama and acting skills.

This was very popular with the year 6 students.