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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811


Coordinators: Mrs A Cutler (KS5); Mr C Kelly (KS4)

Curriculum Ambition

  • Develop a love of creativity and exploration and presentation
  • Develop social and interpersonal skills, enterprise and initiative and self esteem
  • Access opportunities to create and participate in theatrical and dramatic experiences
  • Regularly revisit and build on their prior learning
  • Develop a deep level of understanding which will enable them to question topics and issues in their own and in other’s lives
  • Appreciate the importance of creativity, presentation and team-working in all aspects of everyday life and apply this to all they do
  • Explore the real world in terms of issues, topical events, historical and cultural identities encouraging an interest in current events
  • To develop the confidence to make presentation to an audience and be publicly accountable for their work
  • To value culture and creativity
  • To accept constructive criticism and feedback
  • To be unafraid to experiment and learn to see failure as a passage to learning
  • Develop social, drama, cognitive skills and emotional intelligence
  • Develop their understanding of theatrical terminology and use creative skill to create questioning, moving and enriching experiences for themselves and others
  • Evaluate the risks involved with investigating themes topics and issues and be able to tackle these with sensitivity and empathy
  • Identify style, form, structural techniques and conventions, understand artistic intention and be able to adapt and apply techniques and conventions to their own work
  • Gain an appreciation for careers in the creative industries and appreciate the importance of the arts and the study of this into further education
  • To develop the transferable skills required by every sector and industry
  • Consider the wider ethical implications of some artistic works and practitioners studied and promote the moral and social responsibility of drama theatre and art to allow students to make judgements, whilst being respectful of the opinions of others.
  • Understand the way Drama underpins and links to other subjects such as Science, Product Design, History, Sociology, English and PE.

Welcome to the Drama department here at Poynton High School! We thrive as an exciting, highly creative and enjoyable subject within the School. The outstanding level of achievement accomplished by our students is the result of inspirational teaching and the wide range of opportunities made available to them. Extensive extracurricular activities help to support our students in the classroom and enrich their learning and life-experience, improving discipline, creativity and self-motivation. This empowers them and helps to develop confidence.

The department is staffed by highly creative and enthusiastic specialists. At the core of our teaching there is a strong emphasis on building strong, positive working relationships with the students. We are passionate about the subject we teach and take great pride in our work. The students are assisted in developing skills in performance, communication, presentation, technical aspects, direction, design and analysis. We aim to encourage students to fulfil their potential by working hard in lessons and rehearsals, leading to student autonomy and responsibility.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

At Key Stage 3, there is always a strong emphasis on working as part of a group, developing team-working and communication skills.  We develop the use of a range of learning and thinking skills and encourage a friendly, supportive, hard-working and fun environment. The curriculum also emphasises the essential skills needed for self-expression and confidence in public presentation.

All students study Drama in Years 7-9 and our students experience a range of drama skills and explore a variety of topics.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

At GCSE, we follow the Eduqas specification. Students are encouraged to be physically active, creative, imaginative and express their own opinion. The Drama GCSE course combines practical work with theory to enable students to fully understand the subject. The vast majority of lessons are practical workshops teaching students skills such as; performing, devising, improvisation, interpretation of texts, exploration of topics and the technical knowledge required in order to transform play texts and their own work into pieces of performance. Students get the opportunity to work with a range of professional practitioners and go on theatre visits.

The course is structured as below:

Component One – Listening.
Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.
Section A: Listening to unfamiliar music in exam conditions (68 marks)
Section B: Answering 3 two marker and 1 eight marker questions on their Study pieces (28 marks) – We have chosen to study; The Beatles; “When I’m 64”, Within You, Without You”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and Haydn’s “The Clock Symphony”.
The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Component Two – Performance.
As an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology:
Students will now need to submit either one solo performance with a duration of at least a minute and a half, or one ensemble performance with a duration of at least two minutes. This is recorded in Year 11.  Most students record their performances several times to Mr Western after school on a one-to-one basis, recording as many times as they wish, where they also receive feedback on how to improve their mark further.  

Component Three – Composing.
Students will now need to compose one piece of music with a duration of at least two minutes.
Compositions may be in response to a set brief or be freely composed.
Submissions must include a complete recording of the composition with a score, lead sheet or written account produced by the student.
Students don’t have to perform their own composition.
The recording may be computer generated.


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

At A level, we follow the Eduqas specification. This course is taught through experiential and practical lessons. These often take the form of workshops where students use their own time to reflect upon their learning. There is a large emphasis on group work and students committing to rehearsals in their own time outside of lessons. Theatre visits are regularly organised and students are encouraged to attend as much live performance work as possible to support their studies. Students have opportunities to work with a range of professional practitioners; exploring, staging and performing extracts from the set texts being studied. They also are exposed to an ambitious range of work from new practitioners. This practical approach forms a strong basis for the continued class work. All of our Performance Examinations take place in the evening which allows students to share their achievements with friends and family.


The Drama Department
Co-Ordinator of Drama at Key Stage 5 Mrs A Cutler
Co-Ordinator of Drama at Key Stage 4 Mr C Kelly