"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." - Oscar Wilde


Drama is a dynamic department with significant links to the creative industry. This is also a training department which regularly hosts dramatists who are teacher training. RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) has a summer residency. Underpinning all of the work within the department is a commitment to developing skills, confidence, imagination and understanding through performance.

Drama is taught throughout the school and has outstanding GCSE results. Drama and Theatre Studies are also popular choice at ‘A’level. Students enjoy a range of theatre experiences from trips into London’s West End and South Bank to see shows such as ‘Comedy About a Bank Robbery’, ‘Hedda Garbler’ and ‘War Horse’.

Students have 3 lessons a week

Exam board: AQA






Year 10

Study of Blood Brothers (Unit 1)
Exploration of Practitioners
Devising Practice

Unit 2 Devising Exam (40%)

Unit 1 practice questions

Scripted Performance Practice

Year 11

Unit 1 Exam Practice Paper
Unit 3 Scripted Exam (20%)

Unit 1 Exam Practice Paper

 Unit 1 Exam (40%)



Course outline

Unit 1 Drama Exploration

  • Section A – Roles in Drama
  • Section B – Study of Play Blood Brothers
  • Section C – Live Theatre Evaluation

Unit 2 Devising Performance

  • 10 minute group performance based on a chosen stimulus
  • Devising Log (2000 words)

Unit 3 Scripted Performance

  • 5 minute Group performance and 2 minute Monologue from a play text

Progression pathways and careers

Drama prepares students for all walks of life as it builds confidence, team building skills and problem solving. This said, many Hendon Students have gone on to successful careers in the Creative Industry. The confidence gained in Drama also helps prepare students who have to work in large team environments.

Useful links






Mr Chappel - Teacher of Drama chappelp@hendonschool.co.uk

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