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St. Mary's Menston

Drama and Performing Arts


"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou


Through our drama curriculum we aspire to give all students opportunity to build their knowledge of drama and teach them how to apply this to the world around them. Through engagement with a wide range of drama skills, scripts and live theatre productions, we believe that all students benefit from the space to explore and develop their creativity.

Subject Overview

Communication is essential to the world around us. Through the engagement with the wide and varied drama curriculum, we offer the opportunity for our students to become experts in communication. We teach students to recognise the way that drama skills create and communicate meaning and give them the opportunity to explore and develop these skills in relation to a wide and varied texts and theatrical styles. Knowledge is built through a spiral curriculum, giving students the opportunity to revisit skills and build complexity as they learn. 

Course Content

Drama Years 7 - 9

Student learn about key acting skills and have the opportunity to apply these skills three key areas, making theatre, performing theatre and responding to theatre. Each year, students have the opportunity to explore:

  • Theatrical style such as Theatre in education and physical theatre
  • Contemporary scripts such as DNA
  • Classical scripts such as Romeo and Juliet
  • Live theatre such as musical theatre and National Theatre productions

Drama GCSE Years 10-11

Students can then build on the fundamental skills developed in Years 7-9 by exploring more complex scripts, building knowledge and understanding of how theatre is created and performed.

GCSE drama is split into three components

Understanding drama, where students build their knowledge and understanding of how drama is created and performed

Devising drama where students explore a range of theatrical styles to create an original performance

Texts in practice where students have the opportunity to direct and perform scripts from page to stage.  




Performing Arts Years 10-11


  • Students can also choose a vocational pathway and study Performing Arts
  • BTEC
  • Performing Arts BTEC is split into three components 









Curriculum Documents

Curriculum Documents



I love drama lessons and feeling confident and happy about myself. Drama allows me to explore subjects in a exciting way, and helps me to develop my self esteem. 

Year 8 Student