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Drama website bannerGBHS Students Study Drama to… 

  • Enhance their confidence, public speaking and social skills 

  •  Develop a passion for performing 

  • Develop an appreciation of how drama can equip them for real life situations, that may or may not involve pursuing an acting career. 

  • Inspire students to take risks, think critically and builds social cohesion through collaboration. 

  • Changes and shape students’ lives through developing creativity, empathy and resilience. 

Transferable Skills

  •  Public speaking  

  • Communication 

  • Teamwork 

  • Creativity 

  •  Improvisation 

  •  Leadership  

  • Time Management 

  • Providing Feedback 

  • Personal Motivation 

  • Ability to Plan 

  • Expressing Ideas 

  •  Persuading Others 

  • Empathy  

  • Emotional Intelligence  

  • Negotiating 

  • Written Communication 

Key Stage 3

At KS3 the curriculum develops the skills of improvisation, devising and interpreting script. The skills and techniques covered with each of these topics becomes more challenging as the students progress throughout the years.  

For example, in Year 7, students are introduced to the basics of creating and devising drama, looking specifically at the technique of mime, and how to use gestures, actions, movements and face to express an emotion. Once they have mastered this, they will then learn how to incorporate voice by experimenting with variations in pitch, pace, tone and volume. They will then use these acting skills to develop theatrical techniques (such as thought tracking, split stage and flashback) and implement these into their role plays. Within this first year, the Year 7s will learn the art of improvising, and how this method can be used to devise performance work. The third unit (Interpreting Script) allows students to focus on their characterisation by applying their own interpretation of a character and learning lines for an assessed performance.  

In Years 8 and 9, the students continue with the 3 umbrella headings, learning more skilful theatrical techniques and gaining a deeper understanding of their characters to produce more poignant work. Those who continue with the course into GCSE level have an excellent grounding for the requirements of the course and knowledge and understanding of the three main components.  

Key Stage 4

There are currently two GCSE groups following the AQA GCSE Drama course. Although at this level there is a greater emphasis on performance skills, the course is structured in such a way that social skills are still a key element. There are three components which form the assessments; 

  • Component 1 is a written exam,  

  • Component Two a devising exam and 

  • Component Three is a performance exam of 2 scripted extracts. Alongside this, there is a log book too.    

Key Stage 5

In the Sixth Form we offer Pearson Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts. This is a one A Level equivalent course and students select a further two A Levels or equivalent courses. There will be internal and external assessments throughout the 2 years; for each piece of practical work produced there will be a written assignment to complete. 

The Core Modules: 

  1. Investigating Practitioners' Work 

  1. Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance 

  1. Group Performance Workshop 

Students will also have a further module to complete from a list of choices. 

Students also learn about the influence on theatre from key practitioners such as Stanislavski, Artaud and Berkoff. They also study Ibsen, Wilde and more modern dramatists such as Frantic Assembly. In Year 12, we offer a BTEC Extended Certificate, Level 3. This vocational course is practically based, with students studying two units per year. This is the perfect course for those wanting to pursue an acting career or study Drama at University. 

Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development

Drama lends itself well to exploring issues linked to British Values and cross-cultural topics. 

We cover a range of units at KS3, linking to Peer Pressure (what is morally ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ in certain situations), Gang Culture in the UK and Teenage Issues such as body image, anxiety and cyber bullying. 
Students have to learn to work together in Drama, co-operate, negotiate and listen to others, which are key transferable skills. 

Beyond the Classroom

We pride ourselves on our extra-curricular opportunities for students at Great Baddow High School. Our annual school show involves students from all year groups coming together to perform each January. Our previous productions in recent years include; Romeo and Juliet, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz. Students are encouraged to support the shows in many backstage roles as well, taking responsibility for front of house, stage management and sound.  

We have an Acting Elites club specifically for Year 9 every week from February and an Acting Juniors club for Years 7-8.  
All years are given the opportunity to perform, either in a club or to showcase their performance exam work. 

Great Baddow High School students are provided with many opportunities to visit theatres. This academic year, the students have seen the following productions (2019-20): 
Blood Brothers, Woman in Black, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Wicked and I Think We Are Alone. 

We have also had professional actors and theatre companies in to run workshops with KS4 & 5 students at several intervals throughout the year and we work collaboratively with other Chelmsford Schools on projects and new initiatives.