The Highcrest Academy



Our curriculum will inspire students to develop the creative and personal skills in a variety of disciplines whilst building and developing vital life skills such as confidence, team work, empathy, independence, appreciation, co-operation, creativity, communication, critical thinking and resilience. In our lessons, students will tackle challenging issues in a practical safe environment whilst promoting SMSC values in a fun learning environment. Indeed, Drama is often associated with play, and our students will learn to understand that this act of ‘play’ is an important element of our young people’s learning; it is playful in that it draws on and develops young people’s aptitude for learning about themselves and has significance in understanding the diversity of cultural contexts and ensuring our curriculum makes the greatest difference in the lives of our students.  


Our curriculum is designed to help fulfil the needs of the pupils, allowing them to explore issue-based drama within a safe, controlled environment. Students will have the opportunity to build and develop vital life skills such as confidence, team work, empathy, independence, appreciation, concentration, co-operation, creativity, communication, critical thinking and resilience. Students will be encouraged to make sense of their own experiences allowing them to develop their expressive and interpersonal skills. Many of the subjects and concepts studied in Drama, will help to enrich and develop the experiences of pupils, as they establish their own values, attitudes and philosophy of life. Our students can also practically explore a wide range of issues, whilst developing their confidence and increasing their self-esteem. They will be part of a wide extra-curricular program that is structured to create opportunities for pupils to observe professional work and promote their knowledge and understanding of theatre and performance as an art form.


We look at the basic Drama techniques which will be used throughout KS3.

Students will spend time practising social skills and learning to work as part of a group. They will develop basic performance skills and learn how to create drama and evaluate their own work.

We complete six units looking at how to use the Drama skills in a practical way.  Darkwood Manor, The Journey, Shakespeare, monologues, script work and a whole group performance.

Yr 7 Drama Club will start in the Autumn Term.

There is at least one assessment per term.


After learning new skills in Year 7, our Year 8 curriculum looks at developing these skills by putting them in to practice. We use this time to make clear connections to the GCSE OCR syllabus and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of devising and presenting and performing text.  We give students the opportunity to explore different styles of theatre and practices through a range of different units.

  • Comedy
  • Bullying
  • ‘Sparklesharke’
  • Dramatic Structure
  • Greek Theatre
  • Brecht

 There is at least one assessment per term.

KS3 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)


We have chosen OCR Drama because it has:

  • A practical approach to assessment – There’s a high percentage of practical assessment in the non-examined assessment and a single portfolio assessment for students.
  • More choice – We offer a rigorous and comprehensive production option through separate marking criteria for the designer role.

There are three components:

  • Devising Drama Component: 01 
    Students will create their own devised performance based on a chosen stimulus from the exam board stimulus paper. In addition to the performance, students will be marked on an accompanying portfolio with evidence of the process and decisions made whilst creating and developing their performance. 
  • Presenting and Performing Texts Component: 02 
    Students will take part in a showcase, demonstrating their chosen skills in a live performance. Students will perform in or design for two performances from one text. Students will be required to produce an accompanying document which outlines their intentions for and approach to the performance showcase. 
  • Drama: Performance and Response Component: 03 
    This component requires students to study text and performance. For Section A, students study one performance text in detail from a set list given by the exam board. This section of the paper will contain questions which require short and medium length answers. It assesses students’ knowledge and understanding of how drama is developed and performed. In Section B, students will be required to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance they have seen using accurate subject-specific terminology.

KS4 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)

KS5 – BTEC National Level 3 Performing Arts Acting:

Students will work on the premise that they are their own theatre company. 

Students will do a number of live performances to a chose audience both in the Drama studio and the main hall.

Units covered:

  • Improvisation
  • Skills of a performer
  • Acting styles
  • Investigating practitioner work
  • Performance workshop
  • Theatre in the community
  • Final live performance to an audience.

The Drama department in collaboration with the other departments in the HME will put on a Christmas show and a summer showcase.

KS5 Scheme of work, useful resources & Web links - click here (Password Protected)


  • Shakespeare School festival in autumn term.
  • Christmas Showcase
  • Spring Showcase (Talent Show)
  • Whole School musical
  • Drama Clubs throughout the Year.