The benefits of Drama cannot be under-estimated. It helps all pupils to build their personal confidence, whilst also developing their ability to speak in public and deliver presentations. Drama provides invaluable skills for working in teams and problem solving, as well as allowing those with a creative streak to fully express themselves. The Department is lively and dynamic, offering all pupils the opportunity to take part in learning vital skills both within the curriculum and as a co-curricular subject.
Drama is taught at all ages and is a popular choice at Key Stage 4, where all our pupils achieve excellent results. In the junior years, pupils work on learning a variety of styles of performances and Commedia to Physical Theatre; alongside this, they look at the history that influences the key stages. In the senior exam years, pupils study a variety of plays and develop a working theoretical knowledge of practitioners and theatre history. All age groups create scripted and devised performances for examination; whilst the majority of our pupils choose to act, some opt to focus on the technical opportunites the subject offers.
Our senior exam pieces are performed to a largely pupil audience and we also run evening shows for parents and families to enjoy the work as well.
- 200 seat Auditorium
- Drama studio
- Extensive prop and costume store
- Theatre sound and lighting technology
Enrichment and Co-Curricular
Our annual productions are a popular event with pupils and parents alike. Last year's production was To Kill a Mockingbird, with a cast of 40, matched in number by a pupil led backstage production team.
To complement Drama lessons, there is an opportunity for all pupils to participate in LAMDA acting classes after school. These classes are great fun and give pupils the opportunity to take graded exams either as a group or individually. Our pupils have a 100% success rate and many use these exams to enhance their UCAS applications.
There is also a Technical Club after school where pupils learn how to run the lighting and sound in the Auditorium and the Studio, they then become part of the ‘Tech Team’ and help support school events. We have a Sewing and Crafting Club to support the costume making and prop construction.
The annual House Drama competition is an extremely popular event. Teams collect points towards the House Activity Cup. The competition involves pupils in Years 7 to 9, performing a devised piece from a given stimulus. They are assisted in all aspects; technical, scripting and rehearsing by senior pupils from their House. This prestigious competition was won this year by Reade.
Our Drama scholars take a role in running the department, assisting with publicising events, speaking in assembly, writing newsletter articles, supporting the Junior School Drama competition as well as performing!
Drama can be studied at GCSE level. Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option.
When you have completed your GCSE, you can continue your studies at A level, as many of our pupils do.
Many of our pupils go on to study Drama at university and Drama School; working both on stage and in a technical capacity backstage, whilst others use their experience to demonstrate an ability to interact confidently and effectively with others. Pupils are exposed to live theatre through regular trips and from companies who come in to perform in our Auditorium. Professional workshops with groups such as Frantic Assembly help to extend our pupils performance knowledge. Trips include backstage tours to major West End venues and we have even taken our dramatic prowess as far as New York!
Please click here to find out more about our A level course.