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Drama Overview

Jonathan Lewis<br>Drama Teacher

Jonathan Lewis
Head of Drama

Head of Drama

Please email Andrew Moxon if you need to make an enquiry about drama.

Curriculum Time

In Year 7 and 8 all pupils receive two hours a fortnight of drama/dance in the curriculum with the option to choose drama as a discrete subject in Year 9 in preparation for GCSE.

Those who select drama as a GCSE option in Year 10 undertake the EDEXCEL GCSE in drama (2DR01). Pupils undertake three units overall, with 60% of the GCSE completed as a series of internally assessed and externally moderated drama workshops, including Drama Exploration (5DR01) and Exploring Playtexts (5DR02). At the end of Year 11 pupils sit their drama examination, (Drama Performance -5DR03), where students produce a live performance assessed by a visiting examiner. Five hours a fortnight are devoted to this, but GCSE pupils are also expected to show a positive willingness to attend trips and participate in rehearsals for live performances.


Homework is set routinely for all Year 10 and 11 GCSE dramatists, as part of the school homework timetable, and pupils are expected to record tasks in their planners. Homework varies according to the demands of the course, and includes research into roles and practitioners, analysing texts, learning lines and attending rehearsals. Drama homework is not set for Key Stage 3 students.

Class Groupings

All classes are of mixed ability, including GCSE groups.

Rooming and Resources

The majority of teaching takes place in our superb, purpose-built studio and a designated classroom space. With its sprung floor, the studio is particularly well suited to movement work, and features retractable tiered seating and a sound and lighting rig, enabling us to stage a variety of productions throughout the academic year. There are boys and girls changing rooms available, and toilets on-site. The foyer is an excellent display area and we enjoy celebrating past productions with photo displays of students’ work.

Departmental Ethos

We believe that drama at Ryedale School should be: a highly skilled art form chiefly expressed through the voice and the body; the means by which young people can explore values and challenge prejudices, engaging with the moral, spiritual and cultural issues of the society in which they live ; and a vehicle through which students can develop a wide range of transferable skills, such as fostering positive relationships between individuals, building group dynamics, learning how to communicate effectively and empathising with others. Above all, curriculum drama is something which engenders deep experiential learning that reaches beyond the confines of the classroom. Lessons are carefully differentiated to meet the needs of different learners and, crucially, we strive to create a supportive atmosphere where students can work with a high level of independence, spontaneity and the willingness to take risks.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We offer a wide range of fantastic extra-curricular opportunities, including a weekly drama club, opportunities to participate in whole-school productions and special events for committed dramatists, such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Performance to parents and within the local community is vital for the positive promotion of the school and the department, and for building students’ confidence and a sense of enjoyment.

Other Information

Students are expected to wear a Ryedale School Performing Arts T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms for all Dance/Drama lessons. Please check the School Uniform page for more information.

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