Drama provides us with many transferable skills such as, empathy, confidence, and the opportunity to express ourselves as honestly as possible.

Our Drama department’s intent is to deliver an engaging, exciting and thought provoking curriculum that exposes students to a wide range of skills and subject knowledge. We want our curriculum to allow our students time to develop confidence in their ability to create, rehearse, perform and reflect. 

Drama challenges us to think beyond the classroom and to take ownership of our opinions.  These skills are just as important as the technical and performance skills in Drama. Teamwork, leadership skills, communication and resilience are fundamental in all of our teaching across all three key stages.

drama curriculum map

year 7 Characterisation

year 7 devising drama

gcse brecht

gcse blood brothers

gcse stage types

gcse terminology log

Exam Board: AQA
You can find the current GCSE specification here

Students are able to continue studying Drama at A Level – You can find out more about A Level Drama and Theatre Studies at Dereham Sixth Form here

Working Independently

Below are a number of links to resources available to support independent learning:


Assessment in Drama

You can view the current assessment and feedback policy for Drama here 

Personal Development and Cultural Capital in Drama

As part of the Drama GCSE course, there are regular trips to local and national theatres to see and eclectic range of live theatre, many of which have come ‘hot off the press’’ from The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Trips have included:

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (National Theatre, London and Norwich Theatre Royal)
  • Love and Sex (State of Emergency, The Garage, Norwich)
  • 33 (The Wardrobe Ensemble, The Garage, Norwich)

The Drama, Music and Art departments work collaboratively on the whole-school musical production which includes also cast members from Dereham 6th Form students. Past Productions have included:

  • Bugsy Malone
  • Oliver!
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Peter Pan
  • We Will Rock You
  • Seussical
  • Les Miserables
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
  • Into the Woods
  • Grease
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Matilda

       ….  and many more!

The Drama Department also offers:

  • GCSE Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Dance Club
  • Reduced Shakespeare Performance
  • Showcases
  • Regular trips to theatre
  • Professional run workshops
Who Teaches Drama

Head of Department: Ms. R. Harris, B.A. (Hons), G.T.P.
Email: rharris followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk

Mrs Harris graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Hons in Theatre Studies.  She then became a Drama and Dance teacher with her first job at Neatherd in 2009.  She then moved schools to Downham Market in 2018 before starting at Northgate in 2022 as Head of Drama and Dance. Outside of school Mrs Harris coaches a competitive contemporary dance team called Obsidian and is also Associate Principal Moderator for AQA GCSE Dance.


Other Staff: Mr. C. Dungar, B.A. (Hons), NTTC
Email: cdungar followed by @ng6.unity-ed.uk

Mr Dungar graduated with a BA Hons in Drama and theatre studies. He completed his Q.T.S with Norfolk Teacher Training Centre from Norwich City College. He has taught Drama at all levels across different schools in Norfolk. Mr Dungar has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for the last five years on a variety of different plays and designers from the National theatre.