At Richmond Park Academy, we believe that drama is a challenging and rewarding academic subject.

We aim to:

  • encourage our students to think and behave creatively
  • enable them to examine issues and emotions from perspectives other than their own
  • help students develop practical skills
  • foster an appreciation and understanding of drama as an art form
  • encourage critical, reflective thinking at every level
  • assist in developing confident, co-operative and self-disciplined young people

Drama is taught as a subject in its own right. From the very beginning of Year 7, we train our students to work effectively and cooperatively in groups; to work towards original, imaginative performances and to evaluate, fairly and critically, their own work and that of others. At every level, students explore text, improvisation and live theatre from the perspectives of actor, director and critic.


Mr E Walker - Subject Leader

Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Students are taught once per fortnight. In Year 7 we focus on an introduction to the subject, looking at the basics of staging a piece. This is followed by our own ghost story concentrating on the development of linear and non-linear narrative. We finish Year 7 lessons with the emphasis on drama styles and scripted work. Students are encouraged to audition for the school production.

Year 8 - Students are taught once per fortnight and we start with scripted work before exploring physical theatre and mask focusing on Commedia d'ell Arte. There is the choice halfway through the year to take drama as an option moving forward. Students are encouraged to audition for the school production.

Year 9 - At Year 9 we are excited about our mini-option course. Students opt for drama and study the subject for two lessons each fortnight. We are concentrating on mini-GCSE units, giving students a taste of what the subject would be like in Key Stage 4. The work includes performance of devised and scripted pieces as well as exploration of text. Our text this Year is ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 follow the new EDEXCEL GCSE 1-9 drama course. They are taught a broad range of drama performing, designing and analytical skills. The course is largely practical in delivery and has practical and elements to the assessment. Students will be expected to attend regular theatre trips.

Component One - Devising (40%)

  • Part One - A portfolio showing evidence of ideas and learning (30%)
  • Part Two - A practical performance or design from a stimulus (10%)

Component Two - Performance from text (20%)

  • A performance or design piece of existing text.

Component Three - Theatre makers in practice (40%)

  • Part One - Answer a question on how you would approach an extract of pre-studied text as either a designer or performer
  • Part Two - A review of a live performance

Extracurricular Activities

2018/19 Drama Production: Annie

Rehearsals are every Wednesday and Thursday in Hertford Hall, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Please see tutor notices and the drama display for the up-to-date schedule.

Year 7 and 8 Drama Club

Every Wednesday during second break (from 12.10pm to 12.40pm)

Year 11 Drama Period 7 Coursework

Every Monday from 3.00pm to 4.00pm