Drama

Drama is a very popular subject in the College and as an important part of our curriculum is actively encouraged. All children from their earliest days with us have opportunities to share their talents by performing in nativity plays and assemblies through to full-scale staged productions in both junior and senior schools.

Key Stage 3 pupils learn improvisation skills and how to approach and understand scripts while also appreciating the history of theatre and how it continues to change and adapt.

This GCSE specification requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • different genres and performance styles;
  • the ways in which meaning is communicated through drama;
  • a range of staging and performance conventions;
  • drama terminology and how to use it appropriately;
  • how plays are constructed and realised through the study of at least one substantial published play;
  • how to create, interpret and communicate a role or character;
  • Drama within its social, cultural and historical context.

Candidates studying drama at GCSE will develop the ability to:

  • use improvisation skills in a range of drama contexts;
  • apply performance and/or production skills;
  • select, synthesize and use ideas and skills to create drama;
  • acquire reflective and evaluative skills in response to a range of dramatic texts;
  • work collaboratively and creatively to achieve shared dramatic intentions.

Drama clubs are run in the drama studio after school and there is also the opportunity to study for the graded acting exams organised via LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).