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Kingsbury
High School

FOUNDATION | EXAMINATION

Drama surrounds us in everyday life, through film, advertising, that burst of imagination when reading a book or script and it is essential that we provide students with a toolkit for understanding and experiencing drama on a deeper level. Through drama, students develop teamwork skills, vocal skills, an understanding of real-world issues and about themselves. 

Curriculum & Assessment

Exam Qualifications

Year 9 Options

Choose this subject if...

  • you are a student who enjoys being creative, exploring ideas and transposing those ideas into action.
  • you have the ability to make decisions and work co-operatively with others.
  • you have a love of the theatre and acting.
  • you can be an independent learner who is confident to learn from and reflect upon mistakes.
  • you want to be able to show that you can express yourself and can remain focused, committed and prepared to succeed no matter what.

Future career / further education options...

A Drama GCSE will help to prepare you for careers in theatre, television and radio, arts administration, stage crew, therapy, teaching, community and social services, retail, hotels, restaurants, law.

Assessment...

  Component 1 Component 2 Component 3
Name: Devising theatre Performance from a text Interpreting theatre
Assessment: Non-exam assessment Non-exam assessment Exam
Weighting: 40% of GCSE 20% of GCSE 40% of GCSE

Enrichment

Programme of lunchtime and after school rehearsals/clubs which generally includes

  • Dance clubs
  • Drama clubs 
  • Musical (every two years)
  • Kingsbury’s Got Talent (every other year)
  • Brave New World Concert (every other year)
  • Practice sessions allow students to practice independently
  • GCSE rehearsals 
  • Performances at whole school events including Year 8 Graduation, Open Evenings and Evenings of Celebration

Projects with external partners (past & present)

  • Step Into Dance
  • Saracens Rugby Club
  • English National Opera
  • National Theatre
  • Royal Shakespeare Company

Trips

  • 150 GCSE drama students taken to see War Horse at the National Theatre
  • Live Theatre Productions of varying styles – great for our GCSE students as it is a requirement of their course
  • Trip to the ENO to meet the backstage team
  • Live streaming of Macbeth
  • And many more

Staff

Head of Faculty:   Lucy McNeil

Head of Music & Expressive Arts: Emily Eastmond