Drama at John Spence Community High School is a lively, inclusive subject. It is taught throughout the school at Key Stage 3 and is a popular GCSE option.

All students in year 7 recieve an hour of Drama per week and students in years 8 and 9 recieve a lesson per fortnight. Students can opt out for GCSE Drama in year 10.

In Drama it is our aim to stimulate the imagination of students and foster in them a range of desirable personal qualities that are transferable to other aspects of their lives. We aim to give them opportunities that help them become self confident, cooperative, emotionally aware, strong communicators and enquiring individuals to name but a few. We do this by exposing students to new art forms and different ways of thinking/creating so that they understand, value and support the 'Arts' place in society and the world. Furthermore we provide them with a range of material (both literally and media) so that they form an understanding of major cultural influences and the methods to employ engaging performance work. The department ensures that students feel safe in expressing themselves in lessons and other wider cirriculum opportunities without feeling judged.


Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students develop skills in responding, creating, performing and evaluating, which form the basis for their assessments. The students follow a programme of work that amalgamates both theatre/drama skills and issue based/personal experiences.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

Year 7:

Term 1.1 Introduction to Drama

Term 1.2 Children's Hour

Term 2.1 Changing Perspectives - Relationships

Term 2.2 Darkwood Manor

Term 3.1 Exploring Status

Term 3.2 War Horse


Year 8:

Term 1.1 A Midsummer Night's Dream

Term 1.2 Seven Deadly Sins

Term 2.1 Readers Make Leaders

Term 2.2 TIE - Cyber Bullying

Term 3.1 Tongue In Knots

Term 3.2 London Riots


Year 9:

Term 1.1 Blood Brothers

Term 1.2 Macbeth

Term 2.1 TIE - Should You Judge A Woman?

Term 2.2 Mental Illness

Term 3.1 Our Day Out 

Term 3.2 Oppression


Key Stage 4

Students can opt out to study OCR GCSE Drama. Students are taught over 5 periods a fortnight, but it is made clear to students that they ensure 1 hour per week is allocated after school as a group. The schemes of work are indiviualised each year, depending on the skills and strengths of the particular group.

Component 1: Devising

Students work in groups creating and developing ideas to devise a piece of Drama. Stimuli chosen by the teacher, help students to develop an understanding of the central aspects of exploration and appreciate how Drama is used to communicate meaning. Students record the creative process throughout in a portfolio.

30% of GCSE.

Component 2: Presenting and Performing

Students interpret and explore a performance text, performing two key extracts from it. Students are taught theatrical skills whilst applying their presentation and performance skills.

30% of GCSE.

Component 3: Performance and Responce

Students sit an examination which is made up of two parts.

Students need to demonstarte knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed, performed and responded to.

There are 2 sections to this unit.

Written exam based -

Section A - Study of a performance text

Section B - Live theatre evaluation


40% of GCSE


Extra Curricular, Trips and Performances

Extra curricular provision is an integral part of our department. We offer a wide range of activities, most of which result in a performance opportunity.

        • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Performance
        • Shakespeare school festival - Romeo and Juliet - Performance at Whitely Bay Playhouse.
        • Christmas production in collaboration with the Music department.
        • National connections Drama festival performance - performance at home venue and Northern Stage, Newcastle.
        • Year 10 and 11 GCSE showcase performances.
        • KS3 Rock Challenge performance - perfprmance at the Sand Centre, Carlisle.
        • Summer performance in collaboration with Music department.
        • Local and regional theatre visits.
        • Workshops and interviews with PA specialists.
        • Year 10 Christmas Performance of 'The Flint Street Nativity'

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