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Drama /Performing Arts

The Drama Department at The Thomas Aveling School aims to develop the important transferable skills such as team work, negotiation, communication, as well as the performance skills and creativity of our students in a lively, challenging and supportive environment. Students are encouraged to question, explore and evaluate across all year groups and units. We aim to help develop out students 'cultural experience and an appreciation of Theatre as a cultural art form

Our Purpose built and professionally equipped Drama Studio is open daily for students in KS4 and KS5 to come and rehearse their practical assessment work and there is a weekly after school coursework catch-up/revision session to enable students to receive support in reaching their full academic potential in the subject.

There are lots of opportunities for extra-curricular enrichment including Drama Club (open to students from years 7-10) and opportunities to perform in the whole school productions, smaller scale plays and cross-trust concerts alongside performers from the other Trust Schools. For those students more interested in what happens behind the scenes there is the opportunity for students to be trained in using the professional sound and lighting equipment and carry out these technician roles for the school performances.

Subject Leader: Miss J Mash (

Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 are introduced to a variety of Drama Explorative Strategies and techniques in order to help them build their performing, teamwork, personal management and creativity skills. They have the opportunity to work with a range of stimuli to explore a wide variety of themes and issues in their work, both with scripts and their own devised plays.

Year 7

  • Introduction to basic Drama skills
  • Introduction to Drama Explorative Strategies
  • ‘What has happened to Lulu?’ – Stimulus based work

Year 8

  • Crime and Punishment – Exploring a theme using Drama
  • ‘Who were you with last night?’ – Scripted work
  • War – Using a variety of stimuli to explore Drama skills

Key Stage 4 – BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts

Exam board: Pearson

Students will explore a range of different theatre styles to broaden their knowledge of theatre practices and processes. They will explore what the different roles and responsibilities are in the Performing Arts (performer, director, set designer, etc.) and how they work together to produce different kinds of productions. Students will develop their practical vocal and physical skills and will apply this to an existing script to perform to a live audience. Students will also work from a given stimulus in order to develop their own creative devised performances to perform to a live audience. Along the way students will keep detailed log books of what tasks they undertake in rehearsals, the decisions they make and why they make them. They will constantly evaluate their development of skills and performances.

Year 9

  • Don’t you ever! – A study of Drama practices to avoid
  • Drama Explorative Strategies, Mediums and Elements
  • Scripted work – using Drama skills to interpret and present a script
  • Devised work – Using Drama skills and devising techniques to create Drama work
  • Introduction to Component 1
  • Introduction to Component 1

Year 10

  • Component 1 – Exploring the Performing Arts
  • Component 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

Year 11

  • Component 3 – Performing to a Brief

Key Stage 5 – BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

Exam board: Pearson

Students will work on developing their vocal, physical and interpretive skills for live performance. They will study a variety of practitioner techniques and styles and will analyse the use of these in their work. Students will apply the theories and techniques they have learnt for two scripted performances and one devised performance that must be performed to a live audience. Students will also sit a written examination which will require them to investigate the work of a variety of Performing Arts practitioners and analyse it in relation to the contextual factors of the practitioner and a given theme.

In Performing Arts students work in a mixed year 12 and 13 class and so the order of units roll over a two year programme. Across the two years students will complete all of the units listed below:

Year 12 and Year 13

  • Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioner’s Work
  • Unit 2 – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop
  • Unit 19 – Acting Styles