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St Peter's School

Key Stage 4 Drama

Year 10

Students develop their understanding and skills for the first 2 units of the GCSE- the practical and written coursework on Exploring themes and texts. They also learn more about their Unit 3 Performance paper.

Autumn Term
Students explore the theme of War through research and Physical Theatre. After half term students participate in a series of GCSE workshops similar to the format of their examination, following the mystery of the life and death of Ann Graham.

Spring Term
Students learn more about theatre practitioners: Stanislavski, Artaud and Brecht through a practical devising  project. They see a Live Performance and write a comprehensive evaluation about it in preparation for their assessed coursework in Year 11. They explore a play text in the second half of term.

Summer Term
Students sit a mock practical and written examination before half term, where they receive feedback and set specific targets. After half term, students complete 30% of their GCSE exam.


Year 11

The emphasis is on encouraging students to build on their successes in Year 10 to maximize their achievement and widen their knowledge about Drama and Theatre. Students start to become aware of the opportunities for further study post 16.

Autumn Term
Students complete their Exploring Texts coursework, worth 30% of their GCSE.  They see a Live Performance and evaluate it. Taster sessions for AS  Drama and Theatre Studies and BTEC Performing Arts are offered.

Spring Term
Students prepare for their Performance paper. They devise in groups a piece of drama using the range of skills learned in the course in response to an externally set stimulus. This paper is worth 40% of the overall GCSE grade and is marked externally.

Summer Term
Students sit their Performance paper in May to complete their GCSE.


  • Ofsted Chief Inspector visits Cambridgeshire secondary school to launch annual Ofsted report

    Ofsted Chief Inspector of Schools Amanda Spielman chose to visit St Peter’s School in Huntingdon to launch her first Ofsted annual report in recognition of the rapid improvements at the school.

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