Drama & Theatre Studies


The Drama & Theatre Studies department is a thriving hub of activity at Prince Henry’s with lots of extra-curricular activities on offer, and with staff who are experienced and committed to enabling students to achieve their full potential in the subject. We are a happy department and we aim to encourage an atmosphere of respect and understanding coupled with academic achievement.


All students will receive 1 lesson of Drama per month as part of their English lesson provision. These lessons are taught in the Drama Studio and the Arts Centre.

GCSE Drama

Component 1 – Understanding Drama.

What is assessed – knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre, study of one set text and analysis and evaluation of live theatre makers

How it is assessed – Written exam – 40% of GCSE

Component 2 – Devising Drama (practical)

What is assessed – process of creating devised drama, performance of devised drama (students may contribute as a performer or designer) and analysis and evaluation of own work

How it is assessed – Devising Log, Devised Performance – 40% of GCSE

Component 3 – Texts in Practice (practical)

What is assessed – performance of two extracts from one play as either performer or designer

How it is assessed – Performances of both extracts – 20% of GCSE


Component 1 – Drama and Theatre

What is assessed – Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre, study of two set plays and analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it is assessed – Written exam – 40% of A-Level

Component 2 – Creating Original Drama (practical)

What is assessed – Process of creating devised drama and performance of the devised piece, (students may contribute as performer, designer or director). The devised piece will be influenced by the methodologies of a prescribed practitioner.

How it is assessed – Working notebook, devised performance – 30% of A-Level

Component 3 – Making Theatre (practical)

What is assessed – Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts, each taken from a different play, methodology of a prescribed practitioner applied to Extract 3 (students may contribute as performer, designer or director) as well as a Reflective Report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.

How it is assessed – Performance of Extract 3 and Reflective Report   – 30% of A-Level


Learning Styles

For both GCSE and AS/A Level courses students will experience the following learning styles: Active learning involving working in groups, improvisation, problem solving as part of a team, discussion. Play texts and the works of practitioners are explored in practical ways on stage. All students are given the opportunity to participate in regular theatre visits as part of their course. Written essays.


There are a large number of extra-curricular drama activities on offer at PHHS. Here is an example of the activities that take place every school year:
• Year 9 and Year 10 Performing Arts Club
• Year 11 Theatre in Education performances to local first schools
• Main School Production/Musical. Every year the school puts on a main school production with a musical. This is open to all students from Year 9-13. Our previous productions include:

2014 – “Anything Goes”
2015 – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
2016 – “Les Miserables” – The School Edition
2017 – “Much Ado About Nothing”.
2018 – “Rodgers and Hammersteins’ ‘Oklahoma!'”
2019 – “Me & My Girl”


Head of Department: Mrs M Cook
Teaching Staff: Mrs S Hall
Sept 2018