• Abbey College, Abbey Road, Hollow Lane, Ramsey Cambridgeshire PE26 1DG

Performing Arts (Dance and Drama) KS3 Curriculum 

Drama has an important role to play in the personal development of our pupils. The skills and qualities developed by pupils in drama, such as teamwork, creativity, leadership and risk-taking are assets in all subjects and all areas of life. Drama stimulates the imagination and allows pupils to explore issues and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. It is vital to create an atmosphere of security, trust and concentration. Drama promotes self-esteem and provides all pupils with a sense of achievement regardless of academic ability. 

Dance has been introduced to the curriculum on rotation with Drama on a half termly basis. Dance helps students develop a number of skills: 

  • Visual appreciation of dance and choreography 
  • Balanced judgement 
  • Information gathering and assessment 
  • Ability to work on your own or as part of a team 
  • Communication 

It's about social skills, communication skills and having fun - we learn by doing! 

KS4 AQA GCSE Drama Curriculum 

Drama remains one of the most popular GCSE examinations in the country, because it is one of the few subjects which can demonstrate a young person’s ability to work creatively and co-operatively within a group situation, to achieve a common goal. Pupils learn to collaborate with others, think analytically and evaluate effectively. They gain confidence to pursue their own ideas, reflect and refine their efforts.  


Our specification engages and encourages students to become confident performers and designers with the skills they need for a bright and successful future. We've built in as much opportunity as possible for students to do what they like best – participate in performance. all students devise drama and all students explore texts practically and work on two text-based performances. Within this course there is opportunity where students can choose to develop as a performer, set designer and costume designer. 

Whichever option the students’ par-take in they can be sure to feel they have tailored learning and gather many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons. 

KS5 A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies

We want students to have an inspiring experience of A-level Drama and Theatre.

This qualification emphasises practical creativity alongside research and theoretical understanding.

Students learn through experience, seeing theatre and making theatre for themselves. Students are introduced to a wide range of theatrical styles and contexts as they explore plays practically, devise and work on performances.

Students choose to develop as a:

  • performer
  • designer (lighting, sound, set, costume, puppets)
  • director
  • combination of these.

Whichever option they choose, students will gain many invaluable skills, both theatrical and transferable, to expand their horizons.

Students of AQA Drama and Theatre develop skills that are not just essential for drama but applicable to a wide range of higher education subjects and in the workplace.

This specification refines students' collaborative skills, their analytical thinking and their approach to research.

Students grow in confidence and maturity as they successfully realise their own ideas. They learn to evaluate objectively and develop a sound appreciation of the influences that cultural and social contexts can have on decision making.

Whatever the future holds, students of A-level Drama and Theatre emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills preparing them for their next steps.

Performing Arts Staff

Miss Davey
Lead Learner of Performing Arts

Miss Brown
Teacher of Drama

Mrs Carr
Extra Curricular Performing Arts Co-ordinator

Curriculum Plan