Drama & Theatre Studies
The Drama Department is a thriving and integral part of the school community. Pupils are encouraged to develop their creative skills and imagination both in lessons and through involvement in co-curricular activities: a high percentage will choose to become involved in a production or drama club at some point in their school life, whether treading the boards or experiencing life behind the scenes.
The aim of junior academic drama is to build on vital life skills that will benefit all no matter what career path they choose. Teamwork, creativity and the ability to speak in public are but a few of the objectives that we strive to accomplish. The palpable growth in confidence seen in most pupils during the first two years is not only rewarding but demonstrative of the hard work which the staff inspire.
Enthusiasm and passion are the driving forces which result in exceptional GCSE and A level drama and theatre studies grades and the teachers are always on hand to guide and aid pupils in the development of their craft. With the department currently following the Edexcel GCSE and A level syllabuses, pupils studying for these qualifications will experience the work of many practitioners and explore a number of plays from various cultures and periods. They will devise and develop their own work, study text and learn to analyse theatre from a directorial point of view, honing in on both practical and written skills.
Natural talent is seen in many and pupils are fully supported in their extra-curricular endeavours with a significant number gaining places at prestigious drama schools or as members of the National Youth Theatre.