A successful Poly Dramatist is someone who can interpret the world through someone else’s eyes. He can decipher a text and will be able to reason why the playwright has made the decisions they have. He understands how to portray emotions and current affairs as well as being able to analyse why his character feels and acts the way he does. He understands that he must be able to write about his ideas as well as perform them; he can evaluate and justify decisions made both in performance and rehearsal. He works well in a team and can support others through the decision-making process, drawing on ideas from a range of practitioners and genres which will challenge and stretch him as a dramatist.

Drama teaching team

Miss. S. Waine – Head of Drama
Ms H. Azman
Ms R. Bent

Key stage 3

Support materials and useful links

BBC Bitesize has some really useful content and clarification of terms.

Key stage 4

Educas GCSE Drama

We follow the Educas exam board. Our students usually choose the acting skill to work on; however, in recent years, we have entered candidates as set designers and lighting technicians. The course is 50% practical and 50% written, which includes two performances of contrasting styles, a creative log and a written exam in the Summer. Our aim is to showcase our students’ talents and imagination, allowing a space for them to express themselves creatively and be rewarded for it. Boys have gone on to join the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain as well as studying A Levels and ultimately degrees at university.


There are four elements to assessment for GCSE Drama
  1. Create a devised performance from a stimulus (stimulus has recently been ‘1984’ by George Orwell, ‘Persistence of Memory’ by Dali and the question “Who am I?”). This also has to be performed in the style of a theatre practitioner i.e. Brecht or a theatre genre i.e. Physical Theatre. Your performance must include some script.
  2. Create a performance log about your development and performance of the devised performance. This can take the form of videoed rehearsals, a blog, annotated photos or an essay for example.
  3. Prepare a scripted performance from a published text for an external examiner (recent scripts have been ‘Slow Time’, ‘The Pillowman’, ‘Bouncers’ and ‘Neville’s Island’).
  4. Take a 1h 30m written exam in the summer where you study one text and answer questions as an actor, director and set designer.

Support materials and useful links

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Drama book by Garry Nicholas
For KS4 and KS5 students should be reading a range of practitioners such as Brecht, Artaud, Stanislavski and Berkoff.

Department Info

Any specialist equipment required?

  • Pen
  •  Paper
  • Scripts

Enrichment opportunities

  • National Theatre Connections
  • National Theatre New Writers Programme
  • Old Vic Stage Business program
  • Regular visits to see professional work at some of London’s biggest venues

Clubs or Interventions

  • KS3 Drama club
  • KS4 students delivering workshops to Year 5 & 6 students


Future careers/uni courses.

There are many careers that find Drama a useful tool. Students have gone on to study Law, Journalism and Business at university. Drama can be a versatile tool that allows you to work with others both in creative fields and academic fields.
Typical university courses are BA Acting, BA Drama and Theatre Studies, BA Set Design, BA Costume and Make-Up or a combined degree such as BA English and Drama.
  • Actor
  • Designer
  • Director
  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • TV producer
  • Marketing

Social, Moral, Social, Cultural (SMSC) and British Values

  • Year 7 and Year 8 look at the history of theatre which includes Shakespeare, Greek Theatre, Commedia Dell ’Arte and Pantomime
  • Year 9 looking at case of ‘Craig & Bentley’ and capital punishment
  • Year 10 scheme of work on protest which includes references to suffragettes, mining strike and Tiananmen square protest
  • All lessons include peer feedback which is founded on mutual respect. All lessons are differentiated and students work with others of all abilities.
  • Year 11 work looks at homelessness within the UK and, in particular, teenage homelessness within the UK

Further Information

If you would like to find out more about the Drama curriculum, please contact Ms Waine at: SWaine@woolwichpoly.co.uk
Tel: 020 8310 7000 Email: enquiries@woolwichpoly.co.uk
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