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  • Small Group Open Events October 2021

    Due to Devon being in a Covid Enhanced Response Area until 4th October, we have taken the difficult decision to change the way we conduct our open events by replacing the College Open Evening on Tuesday 21st September with a wide range of smaller and more personal events. We are very keen to meet prospective parents/carers and pupils and are delighted to be able to offer a ‘package’ of Covid-safe opportunities to help inform your choice of secondary school for September 2022.
    Small group tours – wide range of dates available
    We are offering small group tours with our Executive Headteacher Michael Johnson, Deputy Executive Headteacher Neil Payne and SENDCO Laura Mackie. After school for those who may not be able to visit in working hours and morning tours for those who wish to visit during a normal school day.  Being able to see the school ‘in action’ provides an excellent window into what we offer here at Chulmleigh College, and with the tours being led by our Senior Leadership Team in a small group environment, you will have ample opportunities to ask any questions you may have. 
    We are offering a wide range of dates for these tours, please click on the links below to book.
    After school tours: Morning tours:
    Year 6 Taster Morning Saturday 16th October 9am-12pm We are delighted to be able to offer prospective pupils the chance to attend a Taster Morning at the College, where they will experience a range of lessons and activities.


Chulmleigh College

Chulmleigh College, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7AA


Drama is essentially a social and inclusive subject where people of all backgrounds and abilities are able to contribute and learn together in a spirit of mutual acceptance, tolerance and cooperation. There are opportunities for students to become involved in a range of extra-curricular activities, ranging from visits to the theatre, workshops with visiting artists or the creation of student-led devised performances on topics which concern them; cyber-bullying for example. There are opportunities for students who are interested in the technical aspects of theatre such as lighting design to develop their skills both in and out of the classroom. We have productive links with local Arts organisations which enrich the experience of students and the community by hosting professional performances in the College.

Key Stage 3 Drama

Pupils are given a broad introduction to the art in terms of form, content and performance.

The approach taken is either improvised, text based work or a combination.

Key Stage 3 is taught as a spiral curriculum. There is growing complexity of form and content as we progress through Year  7 to Year 9. Pupils are expected to be able to handle a greater sophistication of technique and increasingly challenging concepts.

We see drama as an essential tool for preparing pupils for the modern world. The subject covers Personal Development, such as analysis, question asking and acceptance of others, Social Development, such as team work and negotiation, communication and presentation skills as well as Creative Development, such as the fostering of original ideas. These are transferable skills which we believe help prepare the individual for the diverse and complex challenges they will face as they grow up.

Key Stage 4 Drama

At Key Stage 4, we build on the basic skills taught in Key Stage 3. For GCSE we follow the Edexcel specification which we believe builds on the skills and philosophy acquired through Key Stage 3, whilst developing the pupils’ interest in Theatre. Teachers and pupils are free to choose and explore content and texts which they find interesting, whilst following the rigorous assessment criteria of the specification.
This is a specialist two year course covering improvised, text based and performance work. Pupils are taught to use and generate a greater complexity of form and content through:

  • lesson based workshop style approach combined with coursework, (60% of the total assessment).
    This is examined internally and externally moderated
  • performance theatre, (40% total assessment). This is examined by an external visiting examiner.