Our Drama department aims to develop our students’ imagination, self-confidence and self-expression through their theoretical study and active participation in dramatic performance.
Students undertake their lessons in our dedicated drama rooms, which include a black box space.
To support curriculum learning, biennially we stage a play and a dedicated play performed exclusively by Key Stage Three students. Our Key Stage Four students watch at least one live theatre performance and our Key Stage Five students attend not only a number of live theatre performances but also a West End workshop.
At Key Stage Three, our students widen their knowledge and understanding of the history of theatre and performance and the various styles and genres within the world of Drama.
From studying pantomimes and poetry in Year 7, a selection of works by William Shakespeare and scripted pieces in Year 8, and modern texts and devised work on World War One in Year 9, students are increasingly challenged and supported to gain a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of Drama. Students also have the opportunity to develop their performance skills as well as learn a number of design skills such as costume, sound and set design, further equipping them with the skills and tools to progress to Key Stage Four study if they so wish. More broadly, our teaching aim is also to develop students’ self-confidence, creativity and self-expression.
At Key Stage Four, we offer Drama as a GCSE option to students.
For more information, please read our Key Stage Four Curriculum Choices booklet.
Ahead of exam season, we have a Year 11 Curriculum Support Timetable in place to further support students in reaching for their potential at GCSE.
At Key Stage Five, we offer Drama and Theatre Studies as an A-Level option to students.
For more information, please read our Sixth Form Course Guide.