Blessed William Howard

The Painsley Catholic Academy was established in 2012. We are the largest Catholic multi-academy company in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Department Vision

We have an annual School Production which is open to all year groups and is a good way of developing wider school friendships for pupils.

The department offers trips to local theatres as well as London’s famous West End whenever possible.

Drama provides a varied curriculum which deals with age-relevant, historical and social issues and topics.  We have a dedicated studio and workshop area as well as access to the main stage in the school hall.

Close links with other ‘Arts’ subjects within the school means lots of collaborative work between departments such as Art, Music and English, resulting in the three Artsmark Gold Awards from the British Arts Council, testimony to the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.


Drama is a compulsory subject in Year 7 and Year 8.  For these students Drama mainly centres around building confidence with ‘Circle Time’ and various games, which also helps pupils settle into secondary school life.

In Year 9, students will study: BTEC  award, Level 2 Performing Arts exploring:

  • The History of Theatre
  • The work of a variety of theatre practitioners
  • Musical Theatre
  • Devising

In Year 10, students will study: BTEC  award Level 2 Performing Arts studying:

  • The requirements of being a performer
  • The work of professional directors and theatre companies
  • Musical Theatre
  • Respond to a brief

In Year 11, students will study AQA GCSE Drama analysing:

  • Live Theatre performance
  • The Crucible
  • Blood Brothers
  • Creating a devised piece of theatre based on a stimulus.

Drama Teacher  -  Mrs E Bott