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The Buckingham School

The Buckingham School



  • Head of Curriculum: Ms Rachel Hunt
  • Drama Teacher: Miss Clare Checkley
  • Music Teacher: Mrs Amy Alderton
  • Dance Teacher: Ms Rachel Hunt


Drama is a vibrant, creative subject which is very much part of the fabric at The Buckingham School and is taught in two spaces.  There is a strong tradition of Extra Curricular Drama at The Buckingham School                       

  • Live A
  • Creative Life
  • OuR FeAr
  • Of Being Wrong”

 Joseph Chilton Pearce

What your child can expect from Drama… 

  • Interesting lessons that give them the opportunity to perform and script their own work
  • A chance to demonstrate their creativity through the use of technical effects.
  • We will do our best to help develop their practical skills, their understanding of key Drama techniques and the ability to direct and assess the work of themselves and peers.
  • We will allow them to explore the world we live in by exploring other cultures and traditions

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Drama at Key Stage 3 is skills based and is taught in mixed ability groups.  There is one lesson per week in both Year 7 and Year 8.


Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Edexcel Drama is offered at GCSE

This is a highly practical exam.  The outline of the course is below:

Unit 1: Drama Exploration (30%)

Exploration of creative and structural aspects of drama.

  • forms of stimuli
  • explorative strategies
  • drama medium
  • elements of drama

Controlled assessment:

  • A six-hour practical workshop exploration (in lesson)
  • Documentary evidence - maximum 2000 words

Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts (30%)

Exploration of a play text chosen by the centre involving:

  • exploration of character
  • interpreatation of the play
  • design implications of the play
  • visit to a live theatre performance

 Controlled assessment:

  • six-hour practical workshop exploration (in lesson) based on a play text
  • documentary response - maximum 1000 words
  • written evaluation of a live theatre performance - maximum 2000 words

Unit 3: Drama Performance (40%)

A devised or scripted play performed to an audience including a visiting examiner.  Students may offer:

  • acting skills,
  • or performance support and design skills

Controlled assessment:

  • Performance of a play, devised or scripted, to a visiting examiner