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teaching staff 

  • Rebecca Griffiths - Curriculum Leader
  • Natalie Jim - Lead Practitioner
  • Nick Bentley - Lead Practitioner 

Curriculum Aims

The Drama Curriculum Area at Sarah Bonnell School seeks to build a learning culture of aspiration, achievement and creativity. We aim to empower our students through the development of excellent communication and collaborative skills whilst instilling confidence. We feel that the study of Drama reflects the ethos of our school motto: 

  • Be Proud: Students are proud to showcase their work both in class and at extra-curricular events and performances.
  • Aim High: Students are challenged to push themselves – be it to increase their confidence or perform at the Shakespeare Schools Festival.
  • Work Hard: Students work hard to achieve great results, be it at GCSE or as a performer in school productions.
  • Be Nice: Drama is all about communication, working with others and having great team work skills.
  • No Excuses: Everyone has an important role to play in Drama, be it performing, directing or technical support.

Year 7 

From Year 7 students develop not only performance skills, but literacy and analytical skills. There is a mixture of practical and written assessments, and skills students learn from Year 7 build up to ensure that they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to study the subject at GCSE.

Throughought KS3 the curriculum area runs trips to the theatre to build students skills of reviewing a live performance, which is necessary as this is a specific component of the GCSE course. 

Year 7 curriculum includes:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare Transition Project
  • Pandora's Box – Devising Drama
  • Darkwood Manor - Introduction of Genre and Physical Theatre
  • Antigone - Introduction to Greek Theatre
  • Macbeth - Exploration of the text through drama


Students also have the opportunity to perform in a number of forums including lesson as well as extra-curricular activities such as school productions, assemblies and showcase evenings.

Over the years the Drama Curriculum Area has built excellent relationships with world renowned institutions including Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The National Theatre, The Barbican, UCL: Insitutue of Education. In addition to this, students have the opportunity to work with a range of professional actors who regularly run workshops here at the school.