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Canon Slade School

Canon Slade School As a Church of England School, we seek to provide
an excellent education within a Christian environment
to fulfil individual potential and to prepare pupils
for life and service in a rapidly changing world. Ora et Labora
Pray and Work



We aim to foster a love of the Arts and use Drama as a tool to enable students to develop key skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that will prepare them for their future.

Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in new ways, whilst developing practical aspects of communication so necessary in today's increasingly information-centred world. 

Students will learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, working collaboratively with their peers to develop confidence, resilience and co-operation through teamwork, devising their own pieces of meaningful drama and realising text in performance.

We aim to stimulate creativity in problem solving, challenge perceptions about the world, develop empathy of others and provide an outlet for emotion, thoughts and dreams within a wholly inclusive and safe environment.


Through an extensive range of topics stemming back through theatre’s rich history of mime and pantomime, to more thought-provoking and innovative styles of contemporary and physical theatre; students develop necessary skills to create and develop performance work, apply theatrical skills in performance, explore design roles in the industry and develop analytical and evaluative skills to appraise their own and others work, including the work of professionals. The topics and texts explored explore a diverse range of cultures, allowing students of all backgrounds to engage with and enjoy their learning in the subject.

Our extra-curricular programme extends learning and enjoyment beyond the classroom, allowing students further opportunity to create, perform and design for theatre in a more professional manner as part of our clubs or productions. We also aim to provide the opportunity for students to experience the wonders of professional live theatre, through an array of theatre visits.

The Learning Journey

drama learning journey.pdf

Assessment Calendar

drama assessment calendar.pdf


 By Year 11 a student of Drama will have:

  • developed knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of performance text and dramatic works including; context, staging, design elements and vocal/physical interpretation of role.
  • developed creative skills to develop thought-provoking ideas and communicate meaning in a devised theatrical performance.
  • developed analytical and evaluation skills to critically appreciate their own performance work and the works of professional theatre makers.
  • developed the ability to interpret performance texts and communicate meaning to live audience, realising artistic intention in text-based drama.


By Year 13 a student of Drama will have:

  • developed an informed, analytical framework for making, performing, interpreting and understanding drama and theatre.
  • developed understanding of a range of theoretical research in informing the processes and practices involved in creating theatre and the place of practical exploration in informing theoretical knowledge of drama and theatre.
  • developed an understanding and appreciation of how the social, cultural and historical contexts of performance texts have influenced the development of drama and theatre and understand the practices used in 21st-century theatre making.
  • developed a range of theatre-making skills, creativity and independence to become effective contemporary theatre makers.