Drama and Theatre Studies Department

The Drama Department consists of one full-time teacher, two part-time teachers and a LAMDA teacher, all whom bring with them a unique blend of subject knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the subject.

We have a fantastic performing arts block, which consists of a large teaching room downstairs and a studio space with tiered seating placed above this. We use our studio for all manner of activities, including smaller scale school productions, moderated examination work, Drama club and open day/ expressive arts day performances. We also use the stage in the main hall for large productions as we tend to collaborate with the music department and present a musical every other academic year.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introduction to Drama skills
  • Greek Mythological play texts
  • Devised SOW include ‘The Mystery of Greenhaven’

Year 8

  • ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett
  • ‘War Horse’ by Nick Stafford
  • Improvisation SOW include ‘The Rise and Fall of the Celebrity’
  • Shakespearean texts include ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Year 9

  • ‘One Million To Stop The Traffic’ by Mark Wheeller
  • ‘Hard To Swallow’ by Mark Wheeller
  • Improvisation SOW include ‘Fear and Horror: the creation of suspense and tension on stage’
  • Shakespearean texts include: ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Following the National Curriculum Levels, we help them to develop a variety of skills including that of voice and movement work, collaborative team skills and that of written, evaluative techniques. Our sixth form Drama Captains hold a Drama Club for Year 8 and 9 pupils once a week.

1.  Devised Thematic Work 8.  Make-up
2.  Acting 9.  Properties
3.  Improvisation 10.  Masks
4.  Theatre in Education 11.  Puppets
5.  Physical Theatre 12.  Lighting
6.  Set Design 13.  Sound
7.  Costume 14.  Stage Management

The written paper comprises three sections:

  • A – Practical work completed during the course
  • B – Study and performance of a scripted play
  • C – Study of a live theatre
A level

Unit 1

  • Section A – response to live theatre seen during the course
  • Section B – study of one set play from a choice of six (‘A Doll’s House’ Henrik Ibsen)

Unit 2

  • Presentation of an extract from a published play (Practitioner studied: ‘Shared Experience’)

Unit 3

  • Study of two further set plays (‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ Oscar Wilde and ‘Our Country’s Good’ Timberlake Wertenbaker)

Unit 4

  • Presentation of devised Drama

Local and National Festivals entered:

  • The Kenton Festival, Henley
  • The Maidenhead Festival, Maidenhead
  • ‘The Shakespeare Schools Festival’, National
  • ‘The National Theatre Connections Festival’, National
We offer Drama scholarships in Year 7 and Sixth form.

School Productions

We put on one main production once a year – usually a musical which is cast at the beginning of the autumn term and performed before Christmas.  Past productions have included:

  • 2010 - Annie
  • 2011 - Much Ado About a Tempest
  • 2012 - Grease
  • 2013 - The Ash Girl
  • 2014 - The Sound of Music