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We aim to support both students and staff to discover their voice; to develop the confidence to express their unique perspectives through drama. We aim to give all students and staff the opportunities to learn and practice our core values: team care, desire, positive reaction and play.


Our values will give our drama spirit which will enable us to express ideas with creativity and originality. Our values will support us to be leaders of ourselves, and when we’re called to, of others too. Our values, which echo our Christian convictions will enable Harris drama students and staff to be outstanding members of casts and teams.



Harris Church of England Academy’s Drama Department develops students’ confidence, love of learning and key career skills. The fun and active learning methods coupled with sensitive and encouraging teaching soon develops the confidence of our students in Year 7. Students learn the skills of Duo and Group Interpretation as they learn how exciting, creative and coherent drama productions are created. Students learn the skills of Commedia, a physical and improvised comedy which teaches them comic choreography and comedic acting. By the end of Year 8 students know that they can imagine, create, act and perform in front of others confidently and skilfully.




Harris C. of E. Academy’s Drama Department follows the WJEC GCSE Drama course, see  WJEC GCSE Drama Specification

This specification fosters candidates’ creativity, personal growth, self confidence, communication and analytical skills through the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding and the exercise of the imagination. It promotes pupils’ involvement in and enjoyment of drama as performers, devisers, directors and designers. It provides opportunities for students to attend professional and community dramatic performances and to develop their skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through the study of this specification, pupils will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. They will investigate the forms, styles, and contexts of drama and will learn to work collaboratively to develop ideas, to express feelings, to experiment with technical elements and to reflect on their own and others’ performances. By studying GCSE Drama, pupils will learn more about the subject and its contribution to social and cultural commentary and will come to appreciate that drama, whether intended for audiences or not, provides significant opportunities for expressing cultural and personal identity.

Students create a devised production (40%) supported by written controlled assessment coursework (20%). In addition, they create a scripted production (20%) and complete their GCSE with a written exam (20%) for which students answer questions about a play they have studied and they also write an evaluation of their own scripted performance.



Harris C. of e. Academy’s Drama Department follows the WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama course, see WJEC Eduqas GCSE Specification


The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama offers a broad and coherent course of study which enables learners to:
• apply knowledge and understanding when making, performing and responding to drama
• explore performance texts, understanding their social, cultural and historical context including the theatrical conventions of the period in which they were created
• develop a range of theatrical skills and apply them to create performances
• work collaboratively to generate, develop and communicate ideas
• develop as creative, effective, independent and reflective learners able to make informed choices in process and performance
• contribute as an individual to a theatrical performance
• reflect on and evaluate their own work and that of others
• develop an awareness and understanding of the roles and processes undertaken in contemporary professional theatre practice
• adopt safe working practices.


The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Drama is an exciting, inspiring and practical course. The specification promotes involvement in and enjoyment of drama, as performers and/or designers. Additionally it provides opportunities to attend live theatre performances and to develop skills as informed and thoughtful audience members. Through following this specification, learners will be given opportunities to participate in and interpret their own and others' drama. Learners have the option to work practically as performers in Components 1 and 2. Learners will investigate a practitioner or genre of drama, work collaboratively to develop ideas to communicate meaning and experiment with dramatic conventions, forms and techniques to produce and realise a piece of original theatre. They will also have the opportunity to participate in the performance of an extract from a play text. Learners will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of drama, including their ability to interpret texts for performance, in a written examination. However, in preparation for this assessment, learners are encouraged to study their chosen text practically as a performer, designer and director.


Students create a devised production (40%). In addition, they create a scripted production (20%) and complete their GCSE with a written exam (40%) for which students answer questions about a play they have studied and they also write an evaluation of a live theatre production.



The WJEC GCSE in Drama encourages students to:

  • develop a personal interest in why drama matters and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study
  • work imaginatively and creatively in collaborative contexts, generating, developing and communicating ideas
  • consider and explore the impact of social, historical and cultural influences on drama texts and activities
  • reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • develop and demonstrate competence in a range of practical, creative and performance skills
  • develop a basis for their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of drama
  • actively engage in the process of dramatic study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.



Our aim is to enable, stimulate and encourage the spontaneity, creativity, curiosity and delight of all students. We recognise that through Drama, Harris the whole person of each student is educated as they develop creatively, spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially.



Spiritual development in drama occurs through the on-going analysis of what it means to be human. We regularly explore people’s relationship with God and with the non-human world as well as with each other.



Our Core Values permeate all work in the department. These values form the basis of development, progress and success for every pupil. Harris Church of England Academy Drama Department’s Core Values

  • Team Care
  • Positive and Playful
  • Desire and Determination
  • Moral and social development in drama also develops through the appreciation of others in group work, how to overcome obstacles and what it takes to be a successful team player and leader. Moral development also occurs in drama through the contemplating of issues and themes from a range of sources and texts, including stories from the Bible.

Social development in drama occurs through the developing understanding of aspects of society when analysing the characters and situations of texts and improvisations. Social development occurs predominantly as students learn to overcome the challenges which we always face when working with others. We are committed to teaching students to teach and to learn from each other. We believe that our needs are best met in an atmosphere which is supportive, purposeful and ideally fun! And so our staff are dedicated to enabling students to learn and grow feeling valued and knowing how they can improve.



Opportunities for cultural development are second to none at Harris Church of England Academy. They include:

  • Workshops for the LAMDA Acting Qualification
  • The international Physical Theatre course to Barcelona with trips to FC Barcelona’s Nou Camp and Salvador Dali’s museum in Figueres
  • Regular theatre visits to local and regional venues
  • Participation in local festivals and community projects
  • Annual Oscar Night ceremony to celebrate our students’ achievements

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