The aims of the Drama department are to encourage and develop:   Creativity, Confidence, Sensitivity


Drama at The Crypt School

Teaching staff:

Miss A Green

At The Crypt we believe that Drama is an extremely important and influential part of the secondary school curriculum.  This is why we allocate one hour a week to all KS3 students.  In addition to that we offer GCSE Drama and hope to offer A Level in the near future. 

We believe that Drama enables our pupils to:

  • Work as part of a team to make decisions
  • Think outside of the box when given a task to complete
  • Evaluate work verbally, giving both positive feedback and constructive criticism
  • Think creatively, both individually and sharing ideas
  • Gain confidence both in and out of the classroom.


At KS3, our main aim is to ensure our students understand the importance of teamwork and how this can transfer into their core subjects, for example: public speaking, confidence building, problem solving etc.  We do this by working on six different topics every year within in year group. 


  • Darkwood Manor
  • Radio Drama
  • Mime and Mask
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Making and Responding: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

Year 8:

  • Setting the scene
  • Bugsy Malone
  • Silent film 
  • Hamlet
  • Superheroes
  • Matilda.

Year 9:

  • Let him have it 
  • Blood Brothers
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Physical Theatre
  • Practitioners
  • Hairspray



We offer GCSE Drama (Eduqas exam board).  We chose Eduqas as we felt this board best met the needs of our students. 

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course.

The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members.

 WJEC, 2017.

Eduqas GCSE Drama breakdown






Devising Theatre




40% (60 marks)

  1. Devised piece of theatre (15 marks)
  2. Portfolio of supporting evidence (30 marks)
  3. Evaluation of performance (15 marks)





Performing from a text



20% (60 marks)

  1. Performing TWO extracts from the same text.





Interpreting Theatre




40% (60 marks)

  1. Written examination (1hr 30 minutes)
  2. Section A – questions based on DNA by Dennis Kelly (45 marks)
  3. Section B – Live theatre review (15 marks).



A Level

We also offer Drama A Level which enables students who have studied and enjoyed the subject at GCSE to take their knowledge a step further.  We also use Eduqas at A Level.  Please find full guidance and specification here - 

School trips 

As part of GCSE and A Level Drama courses students are given the opportunity to watch productions outside of school.  Recently we have watched: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, School of Rock, Things I know To Be True (Frantic Assembly) to name a few.  WE look forward to our KS3 trip to see Matilda the Musical next year!


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