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GBHS students learn 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.

The courses we run

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.

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. 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 pupils wanting to pursue an acting career or study Drama at University.

Theatre Visits

Great Baddow students are provided with many opportunities to visit theatres. This academic year, the students will be seeing the following productions (2018-19):
School of Rock, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, The Woman in Black, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Unreturning (Frantic Assembly) and more!

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

Extra Curricular Drama

In Summer 2017, pupils performed Baz Lurhman’s Romeo and Juliet. to a sell-out audience and in 2018 pupils performed Disney’s Aladdin. In January 2019, pupils will be performing Beauty and the Beast!

Our year 7, 8 and 9 production of Aladdin in January 2018.

We have an Acting Elites club specifically for Year 9 every week from January 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 exam work.



Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Links in Drama

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 other countries, the class divide (with reference to the Titanic) and allow pupils to discuss Teenage Issues such as Body Image, Anxiety, Cyber Bullying and Stress.

Pupils have to learn to work together in Drama, co-operate, negotiate and listen to others - key transferable skills.