Head of Subject: Mrs Helen McGovern

Redruth School drama department has a strong reputation as a successful subject. Encouraging and developing students to grow in confidence and numerous performance skills. 

The department is a vibrant, lively and integral part of the school offering a varied and extensive extra-curricular program. The department has had many successes within the school environment but especially within the community as whole.

We have 2 performances spaces:

D1 – Performance space with the lighting and sound equipment. This space is used for School Production.

D2 – A dance studio with mirrors and changing room

Both spaces have a changing a room where students are expected to leave bags, coast, blazers, shoes and socks. Students work bare feet in the space and can wear a dance/drama/jazz/ballet shoe.

Regular projects we participate in are:

  • Transition project with Year 9 and year 6
  • The Royal Shakespeare project – Year 9
  • Performance at the annual pasty festival
  • Drama Secondary Showcase at the Hall for Cornwall – Year 10
  • School productions - All years
  • Creative arts evening – 9 and 10

The department consistently achieves a high level of productions and academic achievements within KS4. 

Key Stage 3

KS3 has exciting and varied topics whilst learning techniques, styles and genres.

Year 7 topics

 Coast, Wild West and Space through these themes the students are learning about the fundamental skills of drama.

Term 1 - Coast 

Team skills – Compromise, listening, cooperation, leading, directing, giving and developing ideas

Basic drama techniques – Using still image, movement, mime and montage 

Term 2 - Wild West

Stimulus – Using pictures, song, diary entries and script to create short pieces based on the given stimulus.

Basic drama techniques – Using still image, thought tracking, defining the space and mime

Term 3 – Space

Character – Creating a character using facial expressions, voice, gestures, movement and space.

Staging – Learning the different staging patterns and applying one to a piece of script

Year 8

Devising – Using the theme of Titanic and creating short pieces based on events and characters 

Sound and Movement – Exploring comedy and physical theatre

Script – Using a range of scripts from Nick Darke, Melodrama to Shakespeare 

Students have exercise books which include writing in role, assessment and feedback

All KS3 are welcome to take part in The School Production

Courses taught at Key Stage 4

GCSE Drama (Eduquas/WJEC) 

The GCSE in Drama is made up of 3 units:

  • Unit 1 Practical = 10% of Final Grade
  • Unit 1 Supporting Evidence = 20% of Final Grade
  • Unit 1 Evaluation = 10% final grade
  • Unit 2 Practical = 20% of Final Grade
  • Unit 3 1 1/2hour written exam = 40% of Final Grade

Regular projects we participate in are:

Transition project with Year 6 and Year 9

The Royal Shakespeare Project – Year 9

Drama Secondary Showcase at the Hall for Cornwall – Year 10

Year 11

During Year 11 students will have two practical opportunities for friends and family to come and support and watch their performance work. 

Students will be expected to find additional rehearsal time after school to work on improving and refining their performance work.

How can I help my son/daughter

  • Take them to view live theatre and live stage to screen performances
  • Buy programmes and texts to support their subject knowledge and interest
  • Visit websites to explore and research
  • Support their commitment in school productions and KS4 rehearsals 


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