In Drama lessons at Kendrick, students are encouraged to develop their creativity and imaginations.

They are constantly presented with new challenges and their confidence and performance skills are promoted via the activities involved in a stimulating Drama curriculum.

What is studied at KS3?

We offer a full programme of drama at KS3 3. Year 7, 8 and 9 have regular weekly or fortnightly drama lessons. We cover a range of drama skills including strategies for staging, developing devised pieces, movement skills, vocal skills, in-depth script work, and script devising.

An exciting new curriculum is being developed for launch in autumn 2018

What is studied at KS4? 

We have run the Edexcel GCSE course for a number of years.

Component 1, Devising, is a coursework component (40% of the qualification). Students create and develop a devised piece from a stimulus, and analyse their own process. They may take a route as either performer or director

Component 2, Performance from Text, is a coursework component (20% of the qualification). Students either perform in and/or design for two key extracts from a published performance text. Texts performed in recent years include: The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, Our Country’s Good, by Timberlake Wertenbaker and My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley.

Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice, is an exam component (40% of the qualification). They will be examined on practical exploration and study of a set text, and on their evaluation of a live performance they have viewed. The text currently studied for this component is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.


What is studied at KS5?

We offer Edexcel A Level for KS5, and would be prepared to run a group depending on interest.

Extra Curriculum

Every year Kendrick school runs an Inter-house Drama competition. The pieces are devised, written and produced by students, inspired by a common theme and performed for the school and an invited audience. Competition is fierce, and the finished performance are always to a high standard.

As part of their GCSE, Y10 create a pantomime which they perform for local primary schools, much to the enjoyment of both the performers and audience.

Through the Drama and English departments, students at Kendrick have the opportunity to experience live theatre through both theatre trips, locally and further afield, and visits from touring companies: we have strong links with ‘South Street Theatre’ in Reading and ’Reading Between the Lines’ theatre company. In the 2017 – 2018 academic year students will have the benefit of touring productions of A Christmas Carol and a full length production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We also have visits from theatre practitioners who run workshops for us in school.

There are weekly Drama Clubs for Year 7 and Year 8, run by Year 11.


Mrs Katherine Bishop
Mrs Catherine Cooper