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City of Peterborough Academy

Drama- Key Stage 3


  • To enable students to develop a range of personal qualities such as perseverance, initiative, confidence, individual awareness and group sensitivity.
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and be able to support them by reasoned arguments free from prejudicial intolerance.
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of knowledge, principles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Drama and effective communication.
  • To enable students to work independently and as part of a team in varied activities.
  • To employ teaching methods and resources that allow all students to have equal access to Drama and to experience success and enjoyment in their work through their own efforts.
  • To value each individual and so encourage each student to feel the value and worth of others.  In doing so, to encourage empathy, so that each student approaches issues of race, gender and ability with tolerance and insight.



  • Key Stage 3 - Staff employ a variety of practical and written activities during a lesson where students might be asked to work individually, in pairs, in small groups or as a class.
  • Key Stage 4 - Students share ideas whilst working through six specific areas, including character and context, genre style and conventions and the semiotics of theatre.



  • The department has a Drama Studio equipped with mobile lighting, audio/visual equipment, portable staging and access to the Main Hall.



  • Students experience a wide range of topics designed to deepen their understanding of human interaction and to raise issues which are relevant and which students can explore to develop insight and informed opinions.
  • Some of the topics which are covered include: Play scripts, Shakespeare, Commedia Dell’Arte, Physical Theatre, Bullying, justice, live theatre and a variety of play texts to link with GCSE and. 


  • In Year 10 students have the opportunity to take Drama at GCSE and will work in mixed ability classes taken from the whole Year group.
  • Years 10 and 11 Drama GCSE (Unit 1 Devising Drama 30%, Unit 2 Presenting and Performing Texts 30%, Unit 3 Performance and Response written Exam 40%).