Gable Hall School


The school houses 2 purpose built drama studio’s with lighting facilities and a range of large performance spaces. The school facilities also include a proscenium arch stage with room to seat 400 people and an excellent range of technical theatre equipment.  The theatre is used almost exclusively by the Performing Arts staff.  This allows pupils to gain valuable stage time during lessons helping them both to aspire to a greater standard of practical work and become familiar with the surroundings and workings of a theatre. All four staff members of the department are subject specialists and are examiners in their field.



At Key Stage 3 students explore and create work covering a wide range of skills and techniques that is needed for the exam work in Key Stage 4, such as: script work, devising, ensemble, building atmosphere and using lighting and music. In year 7 we cover the skills to build drama from any stimulus. In year 8 we look at historical themes as a basis for drama and use a range of scripts and stories to help build literacy skills. In year 9, we prepare students for the KS4 course by looking at new styles, in-depth scripts and multi-role play.
Throughout Key Stage 3, we encourage pupils to work independently and CARR skills are reinforced in every lesson.


Our current Key Stage 4 students are completing the Edexcel BETC Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts, Drama. This is course is worth the same amount of points as a GCSE but allows us more freedom in the themes, styles and plays that we study. The two year course is assessed in three units and are a mix of assessed practical work and a portfolio. Two units are internally assessed and the third unit is externally assessed by the exam board. Pupils will explore Drama through research, look at new styles and practitioners that have shaped drama and theatre over the last 100 years and take part in many performance opportunities inside and outside of school, all of which will count towards their final grade and add evidence to their portfolios.  After Easter, in the second year, they receive their exam topic and stimulus. Pupils will then spend their time developing and refining their creative process in preparation for an external performance assessment. Throughout the course work is filmed regularly, including discussions, devising and performances in order to build their portfolio’s to the maximum and add as much depth to their evaluative process as possible.


We have recently changed courses and started the BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts. Not only is the course the equivalent of 2 A Levels, it also allows us to explore a wide range of styles and techniques that are not covered in Key Stage 5, such as: Stand-up comedy, Greek Chorus and Musical Theatre. There are 6 mandatory units, of which 3 are externally assessed and then 2 units of choice, which are internally assessed. As with the Key Stage 4 course, a great deal of the portfolio is evidence through filmed classwork and performance opportunities outside of school. For example, we are currently working on creating a performance project with Tree Tops School in Grays, in which pupils from both schools work together in producing a variety show. All of which can be used as evidence for portfolio’s.
The course is designed for pupils that would like to continue their education or seek a career in the Arts but could also work as a stand-alone course for pupils that enjoy Drama and enjoy practical learning.


Department Achievments

Drama is a very popular option at KS4 and we have maintained 100% pass rate since starting the course. In 2018, pupils achieved 100% pass rate with 33% of pupils attaining a distinction and distinction*. 
Our KS5 AS and A2 level has also been very successful and both course achieved 100% A-D grades since we started.


Pupils are keen to participate in the range of extra-curricular activities offered. We have recently started to train pupils for LAMDA exams and are looking forward to becoming a centre in the future. We have a musical theatre club, Key Stage 3 performers club as well as the rehearsals for school musicals and Shakespeare School festival.  Pupils interested in technical theatre play an important role in school productions and events and a ‘Tech Club is also offered; they work alongside teaching staff gaining experience in lighting, sound and crewing.  This year we have run a series of technical theatre workshops for students from local secondary schools and have taken students to different venues on backstage tours. Prefects have an important role to play within the department too offering mentoring to younger students and running lunchtime clubs.




Miss K Latham. Lead Practitioner for Performing Arts
Miss J Stacey. Drama Teacher
Miss K Harrington. Drama Teacher and Head of Year 10
Mr D Gillett. Drama Teacher