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Sir William Ramsay School

Empowering Everyone to Achieve


Department Staff

Mr S Latchem

Head of Faculty for Performing Arts/Teacher of Drama

Mrs S Charlesworth

Deputy SENDCO/ Teacher of Drama

Miss E Darke

Teacher of Drama/English


Curriculum Overview



Curriculum Intent

At Sir William Ramsay School we believe in a creative and dynamic drama curriculum, where all students work together to develop their own confidence and ability to communicate in an expressive way. Through collaborative practical exploration students explore past and present cultures and issues. Throughout our curriculum we aim to prepare students with the transferable skills for a myriad of opportunities and futures.


Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 students have drama for one hour a week. We cover a range to topics where students are able to develop their acting skills, as well as use the medium of drama to explore a wide range of issues.


Autumn One Global Dimension

Autumn Two Cultural Diversity

Spring One Media and Technology

Spring Two Enterprise

Summer One Healthy Lifestyles

Summer Two Creativity


African Story Telling


TV Genres

Genre Clowning





Character work: Gangsters

Genre Melodrama

Script Work Mama Yankees Life Machine

Sweeney Todd

Issue based Bens Story



Issue Based T.I.E Project

TV and Movie Forms

Warden X

Issue based drama

Devising Drama

Key Stage 4 
Drama has a range of benefits that include: self-expression, development of imagination, artistic awareness, and fluency of speech, self-knowledge, self-discipline and self-confidence, learning how to co-operate in groups, problem solving on social and moral dilemmas, helping students prepare for real life.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts allows students to use Drama as a means of exploration where they can explore the construction of character and narrative and work as an ensemble to develop devised and scripted performances.

During the course students will work practically to explore how to develop and portray characters. Students will also use Drama techniques in order to explore a range of specific play texts. Over the two years Students will participate in workshop style lessons where they will develop their own acting skills and will look at different ways of bringing a script to life.

The Course is split over three units: 

Internally assessed

Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (30% of Qualification)

Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques (30% of Qualification)

Externally assessed

Component 3: Responding to a brief. (40% of Qualification)  

Key Stage 5
The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Drama) provides students who have a passion for Drama and performance the opportunity to explore the subject in a practical nature. Throughout the course students will explore, style, genre, theatre practitioners and text through practical workshops and performance.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the language of Drama, as well as improving their performance, directorial, critical and analytical skills. Students will also be given the opportunity to visit the theatre and see professional theatre in action.

This course is made up of four units. There are three mandatory units and one further unit. Two of the units are externally assessed.

Mandatory components

  • Investigating Practitioners work. (Externally assessed)
  • Developing Skills & Techniques in Live Performance (Externally assessed)
  • Group Performance workshop. (Internally assessed).

Further component

  • Acting Skills (Internally assessed). 

After school clubs or Activities:
Every year the drama department takes part in the Shakespeare School Festival and we produced a school musical every year. Our most recent musicals have been School of Rock, Little Shop of Horrors and Bugsy Malone.

Each year the department hosts performance evenings where Key Stage 4 and 5 classes can showcase their work to a live audience.

Throughout the school year the department runs theatre visits into London and to theatres in the surrounding area.