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Copleston High School

In Drama and Performing Arts lessons at Copleston students will work collaboratively in groups with their peers to create performances that they have devised themselves as well as exploring existing scripts/play texts. The aim is not just to develop performance skills, but also to work on communication and confidence and both of these underpin the tasks/focus of each Drama and Performing Arts lesson.

We also offer Extra-curricular opportunities in the form of a whole school musical production in February each year, as well as taking part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival yearly also.

Curriculum Maps

A summary of some of the topics we study are outlined in our curriculum maps:

How will my child be assessed?


Assessment and Feedback Outline Approach


2 units are taught each term, 1 of these units has a formal summative assessment which receives detailed written Teacher feedback. This is fed back in the KS3 Drama booklets.  The other unit has more of a practical focus and evaluation is completed in verbal form by students. Teachers give immediate verbal feedback throughout lessons and also in response to every performance, outlining positives and areas to develop. Peer and self-assessment appears in every unit in both written and verbal form.


Each unit completed is a mock /practice of 3 components of the GCSE course. This ensures that all feedback given is relevant to the course, as we do not teach/study any units that are not relevant to the assessed components.  Written Mock exams in Year 10 and 11 provide detailed written feedback and students are made to respond to feedback by revisiting and improving answers to longer mark questions.  Students regularly self and peer asses. Each half term after each assessment students are given a detailed feedback sheet with individual and specific feedback containing positives/improvements made and addressing areas to develop alongside also being set a target for the next half term.


Year 12 is a practice of the 3 units of the A Level course. We teach the set texts for Component 1 and students complete formal exam question assessments on these. We also do mock assessments of both the devising and scripted performance units with feedback being given on both their performance and their embedding of the techniques of their chosen practitioners