Mrs A Bowman

Head of Creative & Performing Arts

Mrs S Ballanger

Teacher of Drama & Head of Year 7



Drama at Hamble is taught at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. In Key Stage 3 students will have two lessons over their two week timetable. Students at Key Stage 4 follow the AQA GCSE Specification and have five lessons over the two week timetable.

At The Hamble School we take pride in our drama provision. We teach high quality lessons that develop essential drama skills.
In Drama we aim to:
  • Unlock students’ creativity and imagination through a range of practical and written tasks centred around theatrical performance and design.
  • Develop students’ cultural capital and analytical appreciation of Theatre by introducing them to live experiences both on stage and on screen.
  • Develop students’ confidence in presenting work to others in a supportive learning environment.
  • Develop personal resilience and high aspirations by promoting an ethos of constructive and supportive feedback from both teachers and peers.
  • Promote problem solving and communication skills as part of a collaborate group.
  • Develop independent learners, who are inquisitive about reading, watching and performing Drama.
  • Encourage students to establish their own preferences for theatrical styles and genres towards GCSE and beyond.
  • Create a fully inclusive environment where all students are able to achieve outstanding progress.

KS3 Overview

Students in Key Stage Three Drama are taught a range of Drama styles and techniques with the aim to develop a basic understanding of stagecraft and performance appreciation. In addition to this, students explore a range of essential key performance skills focussed on how to create and perform a character. Particular focus is placed upon the development of self-confidence, communication and group work skills. An integral part of the course is about developing the ability to thoughtfully and skilfully analyse and evaluate performance work using key subject vocabulary. Students will explore a wide range of stimuli as a basis of their learning in Drama.

Homework is usually set around twice per half term and may require students to practically prepare, source relevant costume and props, or take time to support and consolidate their practical progress through written analysis or research based tasks.

Key Stage 3 overview (Years 7 & 8) – download the PDF from the left hand column…

KS4 Overview

At Key Stage Four students follow the AQA GCSE Drama specification this is graded using the numerical 1-9 system. The GCSE is taught over the three years. In Year 9 students will continue to build upon their knowledge and understanding of theatrical style and stagecraft. Students will continue to focus on their performance skills and deepen their understanding of stagecraft and theatrical styles. Students will undertake different performance base assessments throughout the three years and two of these performance pieces will be submitted as part of the student’s final GCSE grade classification.

For the GCSE there is an end of year written exam; the written exam is worth 40% of the final GCSE classification.

Section A: Multiple Choice questions on stage types, staging areas and roles within the theatre.
Section B: Students will be expected to analyse an unseen extract from the set text and critically analyse and evaluate how they would perform the given extract.

Section C: Students must critically analyse and evaluate a live or digitally recorded theatre performance that they have watched during the course (this is a requirement of Ofqual).
Homework throughout Key Stage Four: The types of homework will differ throughout the three years. Whilst students are working on a performance based unit there is a requirement for the students to attend a guided one-hour extra rehearsal. For the devised unit students will be required to maintain a devising log evaluating their creative processes and evaluate their project. For the exam preparation students will be given extended written task assignments.
Key Stage 4 overview (Years 9, 10 & 11) – download the PDF from the left hand column…

Revision Guides

  • ‘Blood Brothers’ Script – Methuen Student edition. Available to purchase online.
  • ‘Blood Brothers Play Guide for AQA GCSE Drama’ – Illuminate Publishing. Available to purchase online.

Useful websites

Career Opportunities

Of course if you love the arts and acting then drama is right for you but what if you want a different career? Did you know that 70% of Oxbridge undergraduates have experience or qualifications in Drama, Dance or Music?

Possible Career Choices:

  • Actor / Performer
  • Theatrical or Film Director
  • Theatrical Designer
  • Stage/Screen writer
  • TV or Film Work
  • Lawyer
  • Management Positions
  • Social Work
  • Journalism
  • Drama Therapist
  • Teacher