WHAT WE DO
Drama is taught across KS3, KS4 and KS5. In Year Seven, students study Drama as a discrete subject. In Year Eight and Nine, Drama is taught as part of the English programme. At GCSE and A Level, Drama is available as an option (Edexcel specifications). These challenging, rigorous courses encourage a high level of independence both practically and theoretically.
Across our curriculum, students explore a wide range of plays from different historical periods and cultures, as well as appreciating live theatre. In KS4 and KS5, they are able to follow a performance or technical route, honing their practical skills in scripted and devised pieces.
This is a lively, exciting and busy department with a focus on creativity, building confidence, independent learning and teamwork. The connection between academic Drama and extra-curricular Drama is designed to be seamless.
Extra-curricular Drama is an integral part of school life, with regular acting and technical clubs, two full scale performances, examination pieces and a House Drama Festival taking place every year. Senior students are encouraged to extend their leadership skills to the extra-curricular life of the school, a task that they approach with vigour and passion. Hundreds of students are involved in leading roles off stage, through assistant direction, half term workshops, technical support, costume, make-up and marketing roles. Sometimes, they take on these roles in addition to performing themselves.
Most importantly, our Department is not about ‘stars’: our students call Drama a ‘family’, an ensemble of creativity, ideas and hard work. Many of our ex-students return to help out with performances and see their younger friends on stage. The extra-curricular programme includes two major productions per year (a musical and a play); the House Drama competition, acting and technical clubs and a Glee club. Some of our most recent performances include ‘Little Women’, ‘Les Misérables’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.
Please read more about extra-curricular Drama here.