Drama enables pupils to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts which will help them make sense of reality.

Drama is a life skill and a creative art form. It helps pupils develop their ability to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in acting, mime, dance drama and improvisation. They can express and manage their thoughts and feelings – shared and experienced – while working in a safe and controlled environment. The development of these skills encourages self confidence and self awareness. It promotes the development of the individual in a group context: roles and ideas are negotiated, problems solved and decisions made together. Drama often leads to performance for a wider audience.



•   develop imagination and equip students with the tools to express themselves creatively through Drama;

•     develop self-confidence and raise self esteem through Drama;

•     enable students to understand the educational, historical, social and cultural purposes of Drama;

•   empower pupils’ to achieve their potential;

In line with the school development plan we facilitate and organise learning activities to ensure that

•   every lesson counts;

•   the learning is as effective as effective as it can be;


Teachers in the Drama department;

Mrs J Kerr (Head of Drama)

Ms Mullin

Mrs C Hughes

Mrs S McQuilkin

Mr A Campbell 



All pupils at KS3 receive one hour of drama over the two week timetable. Pupils are assessed using drama levels, which are displayed in the drama suite. Each pupils will be given a Drama Diary at the beginning of the year. This diary is a booklet containing feedback, assessments and details of each workshop. Pupils There are detailed schemes of work for each key stage which promote and encourage a wide range of teaching and learning styles. Schemes of work incorporate both practical and written activities, with weekly homework tasks to help reinforce pupil learning.

Year 8: Ghosts, Myths and Legends

Year 9: Power and Class

Year 10: Skills and Scripts



At Cross and Passion College we use CCEA GCSE Drama Specification in which we have had huge success over the last number of years. Students will complete two controlled assessment activities, each worth 30 % of their total GCSE. Controlled assessment tasks are based on either Dance Drama or Devised. Pupils must completed a compulsory element which is a scripted performance. At the end of year 12 pupils will sit a written paper worth 40% based on their scripted performance and the play 'Blood Brothers.'

Post 16

At Cross and Passion College we offer AS and A2 Drama and Theatre Studies from Edexcel. Over the last number of years our A-level classes have risen in numbers and success! At AS level pupils study two plays through a series of practical workshops. They also have to perform a monologue and a group scripted performance. The AS course is 60% practical based and 40% coursework.

At A2 pupils study 'Dr Faustus' which is assessed through a written examination. This moduel is 60% of their A2 course. Pupils also have the opportunity to devise a piece of theatre as a group. This performance must be performed in front of a live audience and along with coursework is worth 40%


Every other year the school produces a whole school production, which has had huge success over the last number of years. All pupils are welcome to audition and all pupils get a part in the production, from acting on the stage or helping behind the scenes, every pupils is welcomed and encourage to help out!

Previous productions:

Wizard of Oz


Little Shop of Horrors




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