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 a regular club, 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 and Drama Club. Some of our most recent performances include ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘The Lion King Jr.’, ‘Into The Woods’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’.
Please read more about extra-curricular Drama here.