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“Theatre is the primary evidence of a nation’s culture.”
James Grover Thurber

Philosophy of the department
We believe that Drama gives young people the opportunities to reflect on the world around them and develop their social, reflective and communicative skills as well as gain a practical understanding of how to engage an audience. Drama can be used as a powerful educational tool and theatre and movement have always been central to the development of a community’s identity and how individuals respond to each other. With this central philosophy in mind we have built a dynamic and successful department where our students feel empowered and liberated. We firmly believe in creating an environment where all students feel safe to take risks with their work.

What we expect from our students
You need to be curious about issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, writing or on the visual side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. You will need to be able to share your opinions, analyse text, work well in a group and be willing to talk about how improvements can be made to work that you perform and see others performing. We expect our GCSE and A-level students to spend a great deal of time rehearsing outside of timetabled lessons, make detailed notes on this process.

Students begin studying Drama in Year 7 and have one period a week during Key Stage 3, taught by four specialist teachers. It is a highly successful and popular subject at GCSE and A-level with around 60 students each year opting to study it at Key Stage 4 and 25 in Key Stage 5. Results have been consistently high over the last five years.

The Drama Team:

Mr J Leary, Head of Drama

Mr P Beardsworth, Director of Sixth Form Extended Curriculum

Mrs C Clarke

The Drama department is staffed by a team of dedicated and highly skilled specialist teachers who have a wealth of subject knowledge and teaching experience between them. We strive to keep up to date with innovative teaching methods and are all qualified solely in teaching Drama. We constantly question our practice to ensure that our students receive the best learning experience possible and firmly believe that they benefit from our many collective years of teaching and professional experience.

The main function of Drama in a secondary school is to enable students to learn about the world around them and to gain an understanding of the importance of risk-taking. Although we do not train actors we help Sixth Form students with university and Drama school applications and auditions when the need arises and many of our past students have undertaken degrees in related subjects and several recent graduates are now working as actors.