Our Drama department has an outstanding reputation for producing high quality performance work and achieving outstanding results. For nearly 20 years, student outcomes in GCSE, and now A Level, Drama have been well above national averages with almost half of the students achieving A-A* grades. Students’ performance work is creative, confident, engaging and polished.
Carefully chosen professional partnerships with theatres and theatre practitioners such as the Barbican and Frantic Assembly enrich the curriculum. We also work closely with educational bodies: Every year, the Institute of Education visit our department with student teachers to observe GCSE classes and discuss our ethos; and, the examining board, Edexcel, share our students’ work nationally as exemplar models.
We arrange theatre visits for students where possible. We feel it is an invaluable opportunity for students to enjoy live performance and observe professionals modelling techniques and interpreting texts they are learning about. This year we are going to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’, ‘1984’, ‘An Inspector Calls’ and ‘Pigeon English’.
Students have the opportunity to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as drama club, school productions and Barbican Box. Recent productions include, ‘1965 – Past, Present and Future’ and Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Drama lessons are taught in three purpose built studios.