Students will develop and demonstrate compentance in a range of practical, creative and performance skills by exploring and engaging in a wide range of activities.

Course Outline

All students in Year 7 and Year 8 receive 2 hours per fortnight of Drama teaching. In Year 9 students can opt for Drama and their primary arts-based subject in which case they receive 4 hours per fortnight


Students are assessed on their creativity and performance skills as well as their analysis of their own work and that of others

Career Opportunities

A career in the Performing Arts and/or related areas that require working in a team environment requiring communication skills

Teaching Methods

You will be timetabled for two periods of 60 minutes each over two weeks. These are used as follows:

Explore and actively engage in a wide range of creative and stimulating activities in order to develop as effective and independent learners and critical and reflective thinkers.

In Drama there is a need for regular learning and independent study. Guidance will be given on how to prepare for lessons and consolidate you own learning so that you can have the best chance of success.

How is the course graded


How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (