At KS4 we follow the OCR syllabus. This is started in year 9. We aim for students to deepen their experience of drama through practical devising assessments and written research. They also study a variety of plays that give them an insight into the playwright’s ideas, themes and characters. All of which is needed for their written exam.
|Devising drama (01/02)||60||–||30%||Teacher assessment. Board moderated|
|Presenting and performing texts (03)||60||–||30%||Visiting examiner|
|Drama: Performance and response (04)||80||1 hour 30 mins||40%||Written exam|
Students are encouraged to become independent learners and to manage their time, in preparation for the style of study they will encounter when they leave school for Further Education and training.
Theatre trips are arranged throughout the KS4 course, as there is a section on the written exam paper concerning live theatre. We frequently make visits to Theatre Royal in Plymouth as well as taking students to see productions at venues in Exeter. In the case of visits outside the city we arrange transport by coach leaving from and returning to the school.
Our Drama studios are well equipped and made available to all our students at lunchtimes and after school until to enable rehearsals of presentation work to take place. Technical work can be undertaken by students at lunchtime and after school on Mondays. At KS4 this extra work is often the students’ homework.
GCSE EXAM 2018 Antigone
STAGE IN A BOX. Used for lighting and staging ideas
The National Theatre in London
The Phoenix in Exeter
The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter