Curriculum Intent Statement:

Students at Thorpe St Andrew School deserve an exciting, challenging and fun drama curriculum in which practical performance skills are developed and key technical knowledge is learnt. The curriculum encourages students to engage critically and creatively with a range of texts and dramatic stimuli and develop an appreciation of the crucial role of drama and the arts to wider society.

The skills learnt in drama lessons apply to so much more than the subject itself and are critical assets in the adaptable and responsive workforce of tomorrow. We understand that we are not teaching students to become successful actors but rather to become successful individuals who are able to empathise with others, work collaboratively and creatively solve problems and overcome challenges.

In drama, we learn through shared experience and aim to create memorable lessons which students will recall throughout their time at school and remember fondly for many years to come.

The drama curriculum will give students opportunities to:

  • Develop confidence and communication skills

  • Respond creatively and develop team-work and collaborative skills

  • Demonstrate focus and concentration and show craftsmanship as they take responsibility for developing and improving their work

  • Demonstrate the values of respect, tolerance and empathy

  • Engage critically with thought-provoking plays and topics as they are encouraged to be curious about the world in which they live.

  • Learn and use subject specific terminology

  • Prepare students for further study of the subject as an option at KS4 and KS5

Click on the pictures below to find out more about the Key Stage 3 curriculum:

Click on the pictures below to find out more about these subjects as Key Stage 4 curriculum options:

GCSE in Drama:

BTEC in Performing Arts:

Note: You would only be able to choose one of the above – you are unable to study these subjects together.

View our Curriculum page for: Key Stage 4 Curriculum Information

Sixth Form – Key Stage 5

View our Sixth Form pages for full information about the Courses on offer.


Quizlet – The Identification by Roger McGough
BBC Arts – Roger McGough Poetry Session
National Theatre
SparkNotes – Shakespeare