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We are proud to say that we have a fantastic history of over 40 years of great Drama at The Hayfield School. Many of our past students work in radio, television and theatre and a number of those who have recently left our A-Level courses are currently at Drama schools in London.

During your Drama lessons we aim to inspire your imagination, to encourage you to work well and communicate with others and to provide opportunities for you to explore the world through a range of fun, active lessons.

We run a Drama club for those that want to build on the skills and experiences of timetabled Drama lessons and also offer opportunities for students who wish to develop back-stage and technical abilities.  We stage a full-scale production every year.  Some of our recent shows have included School of Rock, The Crucible, Guys & Dolls and Blood Brothers.

KS3 Drama 

Subject Objective 

For all students we aim to use Drama as a tool to help develop confident, creative individuals. For some students Drama and acting will become a life-long passion fuelled by the exciting formative experiences we offer.
Drama is taught as a discreet subject, by specialist staff for one full hour per week. Pupils start with an introduction to the core skills of drama including;

  • Improvisation
  • Performance techniques
  • Vocalisation and movement
  • Working with script
  • Devising and rehearsing

The topics students may encounter and explore throughout the key stage include;

Year 7:

  • Study of Script – Suggested scripts include The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler and Oliver Twist
  • Myths & Legends – Beowulf, Perseus and Medusa

Year 8:

  • Time Travel
  • Theatre in Education
  • Transitions

Year 9:

  • Northern Comedy Writers – Educating Rita (Willy Russell), Bedroom Farce (Alan Ayckbourn)
  • Silent Movies and Melodrama
  • Historical Drama


Drama at KS3 is predominantly practical but written and line learning homework will be set when appropriate.

KS4 Drama 

The specification overview
OCR GCSE (9-1)(J316)

Content Overview


Learners will research and explore a stimulus, work collaboratively and create their own devised drama

Devising drama
60 marks
Non-exam assessment

of total

Learners develop and apply theatrical skills in acting by presenting a showcase of two extracts from a performance text

Presenting and performing texts
60 marks
Non-exam assessment
(visiting examination)

of total

Learners will explore practically a performance text to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama.

Learners will analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance

Drama:  Performance and response
80 marks
Exam assessment
1 hour 30 minutes
(Written paper)

of total

Why choose an OCR GCSE (9-1) in Drama?

OCR’s GCSE (9-1) in Drama has been designed to be a practical, engaging and creative specification for learners to study.  It will provide opportunities to understand and create drama as a practical art form in which ideas and meaning are communicated to an audience through informed artistic choices.
The main purpose of this qualification is to allow learners to study drama in an academic setting, interrogating this art form and applying their knowledge and understanding to the process of creating and developing drama and to their own performance work.
It will prepare learners for the further study of Drama of Performing Arts courses as well as developing transferable skills desired by further education and employers in all sectors of industry.  The specification will help create independent learners, critical thinkers and effective decision makers – all personal attributes that can make them stand out as they progress through their education and into employment
OCR’s GCSE (9-0) in Drama provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage learners’ creativity, passion and interests.  The non-exam assessment allows learners to explore their own interests and develop their skills in performance.  It also provides freedom for learners to experiment and take risks with their work while developing their own style.

Aims and Learning outcomes

OCR’S GCSE (9-1) in Drama will encourage learners to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of drama when making, performing and responding to drama.
  • Explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created (a performance text is one that has been written specially for theatrical performance).
  • Develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances.
  • Work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
  • Develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective students able to make informed choices in process and performance.
  • Contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice.
  • Adopt safe working practices.

Head of Department    

Mr Scott Martin