Blood Brothers 2015

 In an increasingly competitive world, speech and communication skills are becoming more important. Through studying Drama students gain a greater sense of confidence about themselves and a greater capacity to express their opinions and beliefs to others.  They develop their imagination, sensitivity and self-confidence through the exciting world of Drama. Whether students wish to become professional actors or simply wish to develop their speech and communication skills, Drama will be both stimulating and of great value in the world beyond education.


Blood Brothers 2015

At Rickmansworth School we have a purpose built studio space with sprung floors which is equipped with stage lighting and sound technology. These facilities are used in all lessons to support the practical work and promote our students’ level of ownership and independence.


GCSE results 2016

28%  A*-A
64% A*-B
87% A*-C
100% A*-D

A Level results 2016

9% A*
27% A*-B
72% A*-C
100% A*-D

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8 study Drama on a two week carousel with Dance. Both subjects work together to produce work that relates to both disciplines and performance outcomes. In Year 9 the students will study Drama once a week.


Year 7

The primary emphasis is to allow pupils to explore the medium of drama and drama methods. Group awareness is fundamental to social education; thus our aim is the integration of the individual within the group context. Building relationships and trust between students is an aim in the early work in the drama studio. With this philosophy in mind the aim is to teach basic skills and develop an awareness of drama conventions, which are very much a foundation for work further up the school.

Year 8

A greater degree of autonomy is encouraged in terms of devising work. Hopefully, through growing confidence, pupils are able to pool their own ideas, research, explore and use skills to develop responsibility, decision-making and judgement, which are an important part of growing up. Pupils should also begin to analyse their own work and relate it to experience. They should be aware of 'form' and 'content' and be able to comment on form in terms of the impact of their own and others’ work.

Year 9

The main consideration is to give the opportunity to explore their changing world as adolescents. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the skills needed for the adult world through role-play and in building more complex characters and situations. The exploration of form and structure is enhanced by the influence of key practitioners. Students become more sophisticated in their ability to evaluate their own and others’ work using theatrical terminology.


Key Stage 4



We study Eduqas GCSE Drama and the course will appeal to those who are interested in performing and/or the technical side of theatre. It promotes students’ involvement and enjoyment of Drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers and provides opportunities for students to watch live theatre and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. This work will be supported by written coursework.


Key Stage 5

A Level

The students study Edexcel Drama and Theatre a Level. The two year course will require the students to learn about different theatre practitioners, explore a varied range of performance texts practically, developing creativity & independence to become effective theatre makers and apply critical thinking skills in practice.


Extra-Curricular Activities and Clubs

The students are taken to see Live Theatre as part of their studies. They are informed audience members and are required to write an evaluation on the production seen. Watching professional productions inspire the students and this experience can only enhance their own practical work. We also have professional theatre companies visit the school to run workshops with our students to embed essential practitioner and genre knowledge. Drama clubs are offered at Key Stage 3 and we produce and annual School Production.


Little Shop of Horrors 2014