Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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Drama enables students to express themselves creatively as well as offer academic challenge. The transferrable skills developed in Drama stand students in excellent stead for later life – fostering collaborative teamwork, communication skills, thinking creatively and presenting oneself to an audience, problem solving and decision making.  The skills developed in Drama are essential to all careers.

At Chestnut Grove we are lucky to have a fantastic space; the Drama Hall where Drama lessons are taught and where our performances (including our examination performances at KS4 and KS5, our Senior School Play and the annual school musical) take place.


At Key Stage 3, Drama and Dance are taught on rotation so students have one hour a week of Drama each half term.  Students are formally assessed at the end of every scheme of work. A wide range of skills, techniques, topics and subject specific vocabulary are taught through:

  • Greek Theatre
  • Physical Theatre
  • Play and script-based Drama
  • The use of Historical events as a stimulus
  • Devised work: individually, in pairs and in groups
  • Written work


At Key Stage 4, students who chosen Drama GCSE as one of their options have three lessons a week.

GCSE Drama course outline: 

  • Unit 1 – 30% and is a practical exploration of a theme with coursework based on work carried out in class. Internally assessed.
  • Unit 2 – 30% and is a practical exploration of a play, with coursework based on the work carried out in class. Internally assessed.
  • Unit 3 – 40% and is a devised or scripted group piece performed to an examiner.  Externally assessed.

There are also a huge number of extracurricular opportunities for Drama at Chestnut Grove.

Staff teaching

Ms N Verber (Head of Drama)

Ms L Merritt 

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