Skip to content ↓

About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum vision applies to all our young people, regardless of background, gender, sexual orientation or ability.

Our young people will develop a life-long love of learning through our rich, broad and balanced curriculum and expert delivery.

All students at Heworth Grange School are without exception entitled to a world-class education that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational.

It is vital that we prepare our young people so that they are empowered to become engaged, positive and respectful citizens through a dedicated focus on professional development.

We are responsible for ensuring our young people are confident to pursue ambitious next steps in education, employment or training which will support their future careers.

Knowledge and skills:

Through our curriculum, students:

  • Build knowledge and understand how concepts and skills link between topics and subjects
  • Develop confidence in communication skills and have the opportunity to critically question and debate
  • Develop a love of reading and the skills to read fluently, having the opportunity to explore wider significant and exclusive texts
  • Learn to self-regulate and work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Learn about the world around them and inclusive historical contexts
  • Will have the opportunity for deep thinking and to get into their ‘flow’
  • Develop strong mathematical fluency

KS3 Curriculum Overview

Click on the document at the bottom of this page to view an easy-read version of the full curriculum overview.

GCSE Drama


GCSE Drama helps you develop new and existing skills in drama. This specification offers you the opportunity to specialise either as a performer or a technician. The course is an appropriate foundation for progression in Drama and theatre studies.  


This GCSE includes the following elements:

  • Creating devised drama (including the technical aspects) (40% of GCSE)
  • Performing from a scripted play or realisation of technical skill.  (20% of GCSE)
  • Understanding Drama (Studying a play for a written exam) (40% of GCSE)

The set plays (from which one is explored practically) include:

  • Playwright Set play
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller 
  • Blood Brothers by Willy Russell 
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne/Laura Eason
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman/Dominic Cooke
  • A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

To complete the course, you can either work as a performer (actor) or in a technical role in one of the following disciplines:

  • Lighting design
  • Sound design
  • Set design
  • Costume design
  • Puppet design

KS4 Curriculum Overview

Click on the document at the bottom of this page to view an easy-read version of the full curriculum overview.

Course Structure

Component What is assessed? How is it assessed?
1: Understanding Drama
  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes (Open book 80 marks)
40% of GCSE
2: Devising Drama (Practical)
  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work
  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
80 marks in total: 40% of GCSE
3: Texts in practice (Practical)
  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1
  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
40 marks in total: 20% of GCSE

Additional Information & Who to Contact

  • There are 2 main performances that require you to perform live in front of an audience, one of which will be marked by an external examiner, so pupils must be willing to rehearse and be prepared to perform or use your technical skills live. 
  • Pupils will be working as part of a small group, and they need to be willing to contribute to the devised piece which is internally marked and then moderated. 

If you require any further information or have any questions, then please contact Miss Slade on