All 1st and 2nd year pupils have one Drama lesson a fortnight in the Dobson Theatre.
At the end of the 2nd year pupils can opt to take Theatre Studies in their 3rd year, where they have 3 periods of Drama a fortnight. The course provides experience in a range of theatre skills from performing monologues, mask work and devising as well as stage history, lighting, stage make up and set design. Pupils see a play as part of the course to prepare them for GCSE. During the Summer term pupils prepare for a performance whichthey do to an invited audience instead of a written exam.
Third year Theatre Studies is a popular option and there are currently 53 pupils studying it, in four sets.
Drama at GCSE follows the EDUQAS/WJEC specification. Currently there are 2 sets in each year group, with 19 pupils taking the subject in the 4th year and 21 in the 5th year. All sets are taught by subject specialists and the department regularly moderates both practical and written assignments to ensure parity of marking.
At A2 and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies follows the AQA specification.
The Drama department is currently undergoing development as part of the DAC Project.
Therefore, the Drama suite currently consists of the Robert Twigg Studio (a black box studio) and S3 (the Drama/Dance studio). The latter facility is shared with the PE department. We also have one dedicated dressing rooms, a props store, a costume store, a make up room and a Drama office.