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The Drama Department encourages students to express themselves through drama and present their ideas to each other. Students will develop qualities of intuition, imagination, exploration, analysis and critical reflection. They will learn to appreciate the cultural, historical, political and social context of theatre.



KS3 Drama

Students’ drama skills are developed in years 7 and 8 through a variety of Schemes of Work, giving them the foundation to opt for Drama GCSE in year 9, as well as developing important life skills such as co-operation, communication and concentration.  The work offers a wide range of drama disciplines, including physical theatre, improvisation and devising, interpretation of scripts and getting to grips with performing Shakespeare.

GCSE Drama

In years 9, 10 and 11, students are taught the AQA GCSE Drama course, which is 60% practical and 40% exam.  The controlled assessments range from scripted duologues, improvisation, devised drama to studying and performing a whole play.  Each year, the GCSE groups get taken on at least two theatre visits, in order to both extend their knowledge of theatrical performance and to answer section C of the exam.

KS5 BTEC National Level 3 Performing Arts

  • Double Award (equivalent to 2 A-Levels) 
  • Single Award (equivalent to 1 A-Level) 

This course is designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. The qualification provides opportunities to progress to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related fields of study, with universities and other institutions.  It also provides full-time learners with the opportunity to enter employment in the performing arts sector. Assignment briefs provide learners with realistic, work-based scenarios and projects.  We endeavour to forge links and relationships between local and national practitioners. Learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, taking into account industry standards for behaviour and performance.


Drama Calendar 2015 - 2016


September - May 2016 National Theatre Project:  New Views (a course for young playwrights)
7 October 'Our Country's Good' - National Theatre
22 October Shakespeare Experience at Canterbury University, Christchurch College.  The Tempest cast attend a lecture and workshop, provided by The English Speaking Union.
10 November GCSE/BTEC Theatre Visit - 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time' - Gielgud Theatre
17 November Workshop at Knole Academy with professional playwright, Evan Placey
17 November The school play cast visit to see The National Youth Theatre's 'The Merchant of Venice' - Ambassador's Theatre
17 December Drama club performance at Year 7 and 8 Christmas assemblies
1 February The Globe Players production 'What You Will' for all Year 7s
18 February '' - National Theatre
22 February Students submit first drafts to NT
9 - 11 March Main school production: Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'
17 March Evan Placey visits Knole Academy for tutorials with student playwrights
23 March Year 7 trip to see 'Matilda' - The Cambridge Theatre
13 April GCSE Trip to see 'The Woman in Black' - The Fortune Theatre
18 April GCSE Drama Presentation Evening
25 April Submission of final drafts
June Judging of national scripts
July Inter-house Drama Competitions



Additional Opportunities in Drama

LAMDA Examination classes

LAMDA examination classes are open to anyone wishing to work towards sitting LAMDA examinations. Usually, students work towards exams in Acting (learning scripts) but some may prefer other options such as Verse and Prose (Poems and sections from novels), Reading for Performances (sight reading), Spoken English (speeches), Public Speaking (speeches), Mime or Devised Performance.


· to improve standards in communication through the spoken word
· to foster an appreciation of literature and drama
· to acknowledge levels of achievement
· to provide a framework in which individual talent can grow
· to support the creative, intellectual and social development of the individual as a whole.

LAMDA examination classes are designed to equip you, whatever your age and aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve you throughout your life.

Preparation for an examination can:

· unlock the imagination
· develop communication skills
· refine technical artistry.

The examination itself provides you with an opportunity to:

· measure progress against an internationally applied standard
· make contact with expert assessors outside the immediate teaching environment
· receive critical appraisal and guidance for future development
· build self-confidence and self-esteem
· acquire skill certification
· receive a record of personal achievement.


LAMDA Examinations and the UCAS Tariff

Students achieving Grades 6,7,and 8 will be able to claim UCAS points for entry to university. This will affect students entering university in 2008+.  For example, a Distinction in a Grade 8 exam would give 65 points - the equivalent of being between a 'Higher' A and B; a Merit would be comparable to a 'Higher' B.  Classes are of 30 minutes duration and run every Tuesday from 1.10 – 1.40pm in the Drama room.


We invite you to take a look through the Knole Academy prospectus to discover the wealth of opportunities available.


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