Mrs M Warnock                     Head of Department, Drama and English Teacher

Mrs D Manson                       Assistant SENCO, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Drama Teacher

Mrs S Boyle                            English and Drama Teacher


The fundamental aim of the Drama curriculum is to develop pupils who are able to use voice, movement, gesture and facial expression in a positive and confident manner. At New-Bridge through the methods of improvisation, acting, mime and dance drama, supported by using a range of drama strategies, pupils will develop personal and social skills and grow in insight and understanding.

KS 3 Drama

Drama engages feelings, imagination, encourages creativity and allows pupil to work alone and with others. Drama is a powerful means of bringing alive knowledge and experience by engaging the emotions and the intellect. It involves the controlled attempts to explore, develop and express ideas and concepts, which will help to make sense of reality and the world we live in.

At New-Bridge Key Stage 3 pupils have 2 timetabled periods of Drama per week. Within these lessons pupils are given the opportunity to develop their skills in the areas of:

  • Acting
  • Dance Drama
  • Improvisation
  • Mime / Movement
  • Scriptwriting
  • Drama Strategies



At KS4 Drama offers pupils the opportunity to explore a range of practical, creative, analytical and performance skills. The majority of careers and further study pathways increasingly require the range of skills developed through the qualification: presentation, collaboration, confidence, evaluation and innovation. Studying GCSE Drama can lead to further study in 
the performing arts, a career in acting or design, or a wide variety of other careers that use the skills described above. The creative arts is a healthy and growing sector in Northern Ireland and GCSE Drama is a very relevant qualification.

At KS4 pupils study the CCEA Drama specification.  Currently there are two year 11 and two year 12 Drama classes. This is a collaborative course, which attracts pupils from other schools in the Banbridge Area Learning Community.

The CCEA Drama Specification is a linear qualification. There are three components: two internally assessed (60%) and one externally assessed (40%). 
All assessment is completed at the end of the course.

The specification offers opportunities to build on the learning experiences from Key Stage 3 and to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities at Key Stage 4.

Component 1: Devised Performance 
Controlled assessment – a performance or a design presentation, and a student log.

Component 2: Scripted Performance 
Controlled assessment – a performance or a design presentation.

Component 3: Knowledge and Understanding of Drama 
External written examination – 1 hour 30 minutes, three questions based on one set text.


A Level

At AS and A2 Level the pupils follow the WJEC Drama and Theatre course. This is a collaborative course, which attracts pupils from other schools in the Banbridge Area Learning Community.

The WJEC A Level in Drama and Theatre is an exciting and inspiring course, which prepares learners for further study in Higher Education. This highly practical course provides pupils with the opportunity to work as either performers and/or designers on three different performances. Pupils study 2 units per year:

AS Level – Units 1 and 2

A2 Level – Units 3 and 4

In Unit 1 learners reinterpret a text to create a piece of theatre, which is a combination of the selected text and original ideas. In Unit 3 learners engage with a stimulus to create two pieces of theatre in different styles; one an interpretation of a text of their own choice and the other a devised piece. Both Units 1 and 3 are designed to encourage pupils to make connections between dramatic theory and their own practice. While preparing their practical work, pupils will explore the work of two theatre practitioners (individuals or companies) of their own choice and then apply their research to their performances or designs.

In Units 2 and 4, learners explore three complete performance texts. There is an exciting and diverse list of texts to choose from. Pupils are also required to watch live theatre productions in order to learn about the processes and practices involved in interpreting and performing theatre.