Drama, Media and Dance

Edexcel Drama promotes self-confidence. It develops an emotional intelligence whilst fostering crucial team working skills. During Year 7, the pupils explore the use of the Keywords through schemes of work such as The Haunted Lift and Blood Brothers. Drama is taught once a week in form groups at Key Stage 3. Year 8 attend the actual Year 11 performance exams.

At GCSE and A-level the curriculum is enriched with opportunities to attend live theatre performances and technical theatre workshops. These inspire students in the creation of their own performances – enhancing their theatrical knowledge and creativity. Year 9 students also take part in a Year 6 primary liaison project where they become positive role-models. Many students have continued to study the Arts at University and we currently have ex-students that perform regularly in the West End and TV. We consistently achieve 100% pass rates at Key Stage 5 and achieved more than the national average when compared to similar schools in Media Studies with our upper ability students.  Support is provided in the form of coursework clinics and the setting of SMART targets. Many of our sixth form students facilitate lower school classes.

AQA Media develops creative, analytical and reflective students. It encourages students to consider the world around them, actively identifying how they are influenced by a variety of institutions and people. In Key Stage 3 Media is covered within the English department – but at Key Stage 4 and 5 it is a separate GCSE and A-level course.  The students are provided with visits such as the Harry Potter Studios and the BBFC. The information gained is then put into practice with the creation of a magazine front page and their own short films (using IMovie). The students explore media forms such as TV, Radio and Video Games.

Both of these subjects are based heavily on Literacy, so to support this we work closely with extended learning. Using group work, peer/self/teacher assessments, clear scaffolding and coursework clinics to contribute towards the passionate environments we seek within our classrooms – encouraging all to achieve.

Dance is studied at A-Level and GCSE and is extremely popular at HRS developing student’s creative awareness and self-confidence in performing.

The aim of our Dance programme is to give students the opportunity to develop their creative flair and allow the students to develop their choreographic skills, dance styles, performance, knowledge and appreciation. To enhance student’s choreographic skills we hold an annual choreographic competition with categories taken from subjects across the school curriculum. This enables students to learn and work both independently and in groups within a social atmosphere which increases self-confidence.

Please click on the following link to find out more about our Dance programme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnLIttEm5uk&feature=youtu.be


Staff Names Staff  Titles
Mrs S Stewart Head of Drama / Media Studies
Mrs C Pollard Drama
Mr S Gair Drama, Media responsibility for VCERT performing arts and Maths
Mrs L Judd Head of Dance (maternity leave)
Mrs L Warnock Dance (maternity cover)
Mr N Stewart Performing Arts Technician
Miss A Lennox SCITT



Drama and Media Faculty

Peregrine Theatre workshop 2014 Media Year 10 trailer Creative Arts Lower Sch Eve Media trip Wembley Media trip Harry Potter Media trip to the Harry Potter Studio Yr 13 Drama Performance Year 13 Drama performance based on 'Alice in Wonderland' Year 11 Drama students explore the theme of Mods and Rockers Year 11 Drama students explore the theme of Mods and Rockers Year 11 drama production 'Freedom' A Level Media students Year 9 GCSE students A Level Media students A Level Media students Peregrine Theatre workshop 2013 Peregrine Theatre workshop 2013