The Drama Faculty


About the faculty

Drama at Fearnhill School is a lively and popular subject, both within the curriculum and as an extra-curricular activity. It builds successful relationships, raises confidence levels and improves skills needed in all subject areas. There is a Drama Studio which is used for most Drama lessons and performances, and the school hall.

There are extra-curricular opportunities each year for students throughout the school to become involved in.

Christmas show 2016 ‘Buttons’

 Faculty Staff

Mark Sheridan
Teacher of Drams and English

Students will cover a range of drama skills and explore a variety of stimulus to create drama. Topics during Key stage 3 include Murder Mystery, Silent Movies, WW1, Shakespeare and Myths and Legends. Stimuli include: play scripts, poetry, novel extracts, newspaper articles and historical accounts.

Drama GSCE 9-1 Assessment Descriptor

This course gives students the opportunity to explore plays, theatre styles, themes and issues in a highly creative and practical way. Emphasis is placed on team work and learning through experience. Students are assessed in practical activities and they also complete written course work. There is a performance exam during Year 11.

What is covered:


Component 1 Devising Theatre Component 2: Performing from a Text Component 3: Interpreting Theatre
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
40% of qualification
Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
Learners participate in the creation, development and performance of a
piece of devised theatre using either the techniques of an influential
theatre practitioner or a genre, in response to a stimulus set by WJEC.
Learners must produce:

  • a realisation of their piece of devised theatre
  • a portfolio of supporting evidence
  • an evaluation of the final performance or design

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner
20% of qualification
Learners will be assessed on either acting or design.
Learners study two extracts from the same performance text chosen
by the centre.
Learners participate in one performance using sections of text from
both extracts.
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
40% of qualification
Section A: Set Text
A series of questions on one set text from a choice of five:

  1.  The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  2. The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht
  3. Hard to Swallow, Mark Wheeller
  4. War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford
  5. DNA, Dennis Kelly.

Section B: Live Theatre Review
One question, from a choice of two, requiring analysis and evaluation of a given aspect of a live theatre production seen during the course.

Drama GSCE 9-1 Assessment Descriptor
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In the classroom

Extra-Curricular Activities

Christmas performance 2016