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The Drama Department consists of two full time Drama teachers who are young and enthusiastic and determined to take the Department in new directions. Staff consistently shares good practice within the Department to strengthen the curriculum that we provide at KS3, KS4 and KS5.

Departmental Aims

  • to stimulate and/or maintain student interest, appreciation and enjoyment in the subject
  • to teach students a body of knowledge, principles, skills, techniques and vocabulary related to Drama
  • to create an atmosphere in which students feel able to learn and help them to gain confidence in their skill and ability
  • to provide students with opportunities which allow them to reach their own potential
  • to ensure students make good progress, building on prior attainment, as they move through the key stages
  • to encourage students to approach issues of race, gender and ability with tolerance and insight
  • to employ teaching methods and resources which allow all students, irrespective of their gender, ethnic origin or academic ability, to have equal access to Drama and to experience success and enjoyment in their work
  • to enhance social skills and build communication skills through an emphasis on group work and co-operation
  • to allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support then by reasoned arguments free from prejudices or intolerance
  • to develop an awareness and appreciation in students of Drama’s place in a variety of cultures and traditions


Students at Holyhead enjoy Drama as it is a subject that allows students to be creative, work collaboratively, explore issues relating to humanity and develop life-long transferable skills. In 2013 Holyhead’s Drama department presented its first school production of Bugsy Malone which was a great success. In March 2014 the department presented Little Shop of Horrors which was a sell-out both evenings. The interest and enthusiasm from the students has grown rapidly and the Department is really looking forward to the next production in 2015.

KS3 (Year 7-8)

Students are timetabled one hour of Drama per week at Holyhead and this takes place in one of the two purpose built Drama Studios, which have a performance stage and stage lighting facilities. In Year 7 students are introduced to basic Drama skills and techniques and are encouraged to perform in front of an audience as their confidence grows. Year 8 introduces students to more challenging skills, techniques and genres as they explore a range of different themes and issues such as responsibility and current affairs.

KS4 (Year 9-11)

Students study GCSE Drama through the OCR exam board. This is something new for the department from September 2014, which will be challenging and rewarding for KS4 students. Students who choose to study Drama as a GCSE subject will have this subject three hours per week.

From Page to Stage

(30% of the GCSE)

  • Internally assessed (externally moderated)
  • Candidates can work individually, in a pair, or in a group of up to six, to create a performance of a selected section of text

60 marks total: 40 marks performance 20 marks working record

Drama in the Making

(30% of the GCSE)

  • Internally assessed (externally moderated)
  • Candidates will prepare three distinct items for Workshop Presentation

60 marks total: 40 marks workshop presentation(s) 20 marks working record

Drama Performances

(40% of the GCSE)

  • Externally assessed Practical Examination The practical examination paper consists of four briefs deriving from a text extract and a stimulus item set by OCR

80 marks total: 60 marks brief 20 marks working record

The aims of this specification are to enable the candidate to:

  • Engage actively in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent candidates and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • Develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
  • Develop a basis for their future roles as active citizens in employment and society in general as well
  • Consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and as for the possible further study of drama activities.

There is no written exam but practical work and written work will be externally assessed. Students will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence to support the practical work that is created for assessment purposes. Students will be required to meet course work deadlines throughout the course. This course is a fantastic stepping stone to further study of Drama and other creative subjects.