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Safe and happy - see the results of our student survey “I am delighted that our students feel so safe and happy while at school. I am especially pleased with how secure they feel during unstructured time such as break and lunch." Mr Carey


Stuck for ideas on what to read? Wondering what to read after 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'? Check out our recommended reading lists including top 10 for and loads more at


"Very proud of all our MANY boys who received certificates for outstanding effort, attainment and progress at the end of last term." Mr Ingham Full story and pics at


Download pictures and films from . Loads to look back on and enjoy here


A huge THANK YOU to our staff who gave up 9 days of their Easter hols to make happen, to the families who saved up for the trip, and to this fabulous group of students who made friends wherever they went by their exemplary behaviour. Simply unforgettable!


Our beginner groups took the challenging run through the forest this morning at . Watch them in action! Fantastic work everyone...


Boys.... stuck for ideas on what to read??? Check out the Year 7-10 recommended reading lists on our page at Loads of compelling suggestions, plus new recommendations for the summer term


Lots of pictures and films from Crans Montana today at See our beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders in action... We're soooo proud of this group and how well they are doing!


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Students are developing nicely with a push for beginners to move to the intermediate levels tomorrow.


Day 3 of saw blue skies again. See more pics of our snowboarders and skiers as they develop their skills and take on new challenges Great work everyone!


News and pics from Day 2 of with and . Beautiful sunrise, fantastic conditions, amazing progress - and relaxing in a thermal spa at day's end. Heaven! More pics and full report Great work everyone...


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An inflatable challenge.


Day one on the slopes . A few faces in the snow, bumps and bruises but loads of learning and fun. Novices now snowploughing. Advanced group at 2257 feet! Proud of you all... More pics and full report at


We've arrived safely in , Switzerland, for 2018 snow sports trip. Greeted by heavy snow. Bodes well! Reports and pictures from tomorrow at


We're so proud of Crispin for his excellent performance in the Speak Out challenge regional final last night . Many congrats to winner Omotola from and all the other fantastic contestants. What a great event!


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"Wotsists for 50p" brilliant speech by Crispin from about the black market in unhealthy snacks on the playground fuelling an unhealthy lifestyle.


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Amazing to have so many Southwark schools represented by impressive young people at tonight’s event - high 5 Teams and SILS!


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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


All students at HBAED who study Drama will learn about different ways of communicating ideas, exploring texts and mediums that will broaden their knowledge whilst giving a practical outlet for evaluation and analysis.

Our aims for Drama students are:

  • To develop the communication skills of all students by working practically and collaboratively
  • To develop the analytical skills of students through constructive observation and debate
  • To explore issues and topics in different contexts

For further information please contact Mr S Candy

Curriculum summary

Key Stage 3

All students study drama in Key Stage 3 on a learning carousel in conjunction with Dance and Music meaning that a term each in year seven and year eight are devoted to Drama.

Key Stage 3 Drama study is predominately about embedding the key skills of Drama in order to use them confidently, innovatively and creatively in a variety of situations. This encompasses story-telling, text exploration, movement as communication and student led discussions.

Year 9

If selected as an option subject from Year 9, students will spend at least two hours per work in the drama studios working towards the BTEC Performing Arts qualification that takes the form of three components of study that are achieved in the last term of Year 10 and the first two terms of Year 11.

Year 9 acts as a bridge between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 study; using the skills harnessed in the first two years in settings that are more finely attuned to formal rigours of the exam units.

Year 10

Year 10 builds upon the first year of Key Stage 4 study by looking at the specific methods of well-regarded practitioners in drama such as Stanislavski, Boal and Artaud. Preparations for the exam units in Year 11 are made and finalised in the summer term.

Component one of the qualification concerns the research and exploration of the methods of three 20th century practitioners with a supporting portfolio. Component two is based around a devised piece looking at a specific theme. Component three focuses on the rigours of professional practice and scripted performance.


Students are assessed every half-term in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 up until Year 11. The GCSE exam units I and II are filmed for external moderation. Unit III of the GCSE exam is assessed by an Edexcel appointed examiner.


Term 1a

Term 1b

Term 2a

Term 2b

Term 3a

Term 3b

Qualifications Achieved

Year 7


Welcome to


Mime and movement





Building a


Script Work


Year 8










Year 9


The Island

Craig & Bentley


Dell’ Arte

Animal Study

Text I

Issue (Unit I)


Year 10









Theatre In


Unit II Preparation


Year 11


Unit II Exam

Unit I Exam

Unit III


Unit III  Performance



GCSE Drama


Examples of work

GCSE drama - a film of a complete performance on which students were assessed.


Homework in Drama is practically based, in that the work assigned is in relation to observation and rehearsal tasks to supplement learning in the studios. Students can expect to receive Drama homework at least fortnightly in Key Stage 3 and on a more regular basis in Key Stage 4.

In Key Stage 3 many of the students provide evidence that they are studying independently by providing written evidence. The majority of students in both key stages use the facilities on offer at the academy in order to complete their assigned tasks efficiently and with the support of drama staff. 

How to revise and prepare for exams

As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.
All students sit externally set tests every half term which they must prepare for fully. These are cumulative tests which means they test more knowledge and skills as the year progresses.
The end of year exam will test knowledge and skills across the whole year period, for all years groups. We believe in teaching our students how to prepare for exams as they are an important life skill.

GCSE revision support and intervention for Year 11 Drama begins in September and runs until the Summer examinations.

See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.

Revision resources

Other helpful resources

National Theatre -

Southwark Playhouse -

Unicorn Theatre -


Students that study Drama can expect to be well prepared for any career that involves consistently excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively. Job prospects in the artistic world will be enhanced by achieving the GCSE qualification in order to make the appropriate steps in further and higher education.