GCSE Drama


The Drama Curriculum at Edith Kay School is designed to build towards success at GCSE, as well as equipping students with the communication skills, creativity and confidence which can be applied to all subjects.

The GCSE curriculum provides a broad range of topics designed to help students develop a passion for Drama and Performance, as well as building their physical and vocal skills to enable students to express themselves in a confident and individual way. There is a strong focus on teamwork and self-reflection.

The Drama curriculum explores a range of theatrical styles and topical issues, in order to provide a way for students to explore the world around them and investigate human behaviour. Students will gain an appreciation for how Drama impacts everyday life.


Students studying purely ‘physical’ Drama will have two lessons a week. In these lessons we will explore different methods of producing theater, thinking creatively about how to use our body language, facial expressions and voices to convey different meanings. Students will be introduced to a range of different texts in a range of different theatrical styles and have the opportunity to experiment in a safe and encouraging environment.

Students who are also studying Drama Theory will have two additional lessons a week, in which they will study theater lighting, music, sound and set design. Students will gain a clear understanding and appreciation of all the elements which go into making a successful production. Students will learn how to critically evaluate a performance from both an actors and stage designer perspective. Finally, students will explore a text as both performers and directors, considering how key scenes could be staged and performed to create different effects on the audience.


The impact of the course together:

  • Students will have built upon key skills necessary for success in later life: Communication skills, enhanced creativity, confidence, problem solving skills, being able to listen to others, resilience and good audience etiquette.
  • GCSE Students move on with a love of theatre and understanding of more advanced Drama skills as well as key life skills mentioned above.
  • GCSE students can successfully transition towards further education.
  • Students not taking GCSE will leave with an understanding and appreciation of theatre.

Who is Edith Kay

Edith and Kay were an ordinary couple who are representative of all those who devote their lives to taking care of vulnerable children, fostering them and welcoming them warmly into their family home. Over many years, Edith and Kay worked to promote resilience in vulnerable young people, and to instil the values of compassion and generosity of spirit. Their deep-seated belief in the power of education and care to transform lives underpins the ethos of our school.
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