In Year 10 students explore the different components that make up the GCSE qualification and have an opportunity to experiment with style and form as well as exploring a wide range of play texts, themes and stagecraft techniques. Group work is essential at this stage and, as such students not only become inspired by others but also strengthen social skills and develop positive working relationships.

By term 4 of Year 10, having gained a range of dramatic experiences, Students begin to prepare for the demands of the GCSE specification by completing mock component units. This enables the students to understand the requirements of each one and develop their practical and written application ahead of the exams in year 11. They also attend a trip to a live performance and have an opportunity to develop their written evaluation skills ahead of the written exam also in year 11.

Units covered in Year 10 include

Daz for Zoe

Live Performance Review


Supporting Your Child

Supporting Your Child


Offer to help out with line learning / characterisation, leading up to assessments

Ensure Showmyhomework.com is checked regularly as resources and tasks are updated regularly.

Take your son/ daughter to the cinema/ theatre, whenever possible.

Encourage your son/ daughter to support the Academy productions or attend local performances in the area.

Check through books and engage in conversation about what was learned each lesson or performances they saw; this is great for developing speaking and listening skills as well as evaluating others.

Read the texts/ watch the film extracts together and discuss themes and content to develop a sense of reflection and evaluation.


Useful Resources

Year 7, 8 & 9

Our Day Out - Willy Russell

The Woman In Black - Stephen Mallatratt and Susan Hill

Blood Brothers – Willy Russell

Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare

Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares / Building a Character

The Theatre of Brecht - John Willett

BBC GCSE Bitesize

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust

Warwick Arts Centre

Leicester Curve


Year 10 & 11

Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares / Building a Character

Stanislavski - An Introduction - Jean Bendetti

The Theatre of Brecht - John Willett

Games for Actors and Non Actors - Augusto Boal and Adrian Jackson

Frantic Assembly - The Frantic Book of Devising Theatre - Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett

Talking Heads- Alan Bennett


After Juliet- NYT Shell Connections- Sharman Macdonald

Daz for Zoe- Joe Standerline

4:48 Psychosis- Sarah Kane (great for GCSE PAPER 2) Part of a collected anthology

Citizenship- Mark Ravenhill

Pool no Water- Mark Ravenhill

Beautiful thing- Jonathan Harvey

The Crucible- Arthur Miller

The Birthday Party- Harold Pinter

Sparkleshark’ - Phillip Ridley

Tusk Tusk - Polly Stenham

That Face - Polly Stenham

Punk Rock – Simon Stephens

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime – Simon Stephens stage adaptation

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

Head of Department: Mrs J Ede

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Rushden Academy

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01933 350391


KS3 Head of Years

Head of year 7 - Mrs S Finney

Head of year 8  - Mr S Harris

Head of year 9 - Mrs A Gurnham

KS4 Head of Years

Head of year 10 - Miss R Burrows

Head of year 11  - Miss J Neville

KS5 Head of Year

Head of year 12 & 13 - Mr P Chapman

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Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire. NN10 6AG
Tel: 01933 350391
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