Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
All girls in KS3 have weekly drama lessons and develop rapidly through an enjoyable programme of mime, movement, role play, improvisation and storytelling. This is designed to enhance creative and theatrical understanding but, just as importantly, to develop self-confidence, presentation skills and team work. Our highly popular lunchtime Junior drama clubs enable girls to extend their creative and performance skills. Many girls audition for the Junior Production which takes place every year in the Summer Term, usually at the Bridge House Theatre. The standard is very high; we have large numbers involved in both cast and crew and the productions are supported by professional designers. Recent shows have included 'Oliver' and ‘Mermaid’.
Upper School (Years 10-Upper Sixth)
Girls can opt for Drama at GCSE and A Level and it is a very popular choice, with over 80 girls currently taking drama at examination level. These courses build on the grounding achieved in the lower years and develop further techniques for creating, performing and evaluating drama. Last year saw exceptional success in external examinations with our girls achieving 100% A*-B grades, 55% of which were A* at GCSE. Additional workshops, masterclasses and trips are provided throughout the year and girls benefit from collaborative courses and productions with the boys from Warwick School. The A Level is taught jointly with Warwick School drama department.
Our Autumn Term Production is a chance for girls to work with staff and professional designers in a focused way, leading to performances held in Warwick Hall in collaboration with Warwick School. The superb quality of performances reflects the personal drive of our students to perform to their highest potential. We aim to inspire the girls to become involved in a wide range of drama experiences. These include workshops and masterclasses with theatre companies, such as Highly Sprung or Frantic Assembly and The National Theatre Connections Festival in which girls performed at the Warwick Arts Centre and the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton.
KS4 (Years 10-11) drama club takes place at lunchtime and Sixth Form performance award girls are responsible for leading the clubs for younger girls.
Other collaborative opportunities include Altiora, the physical theatre group in partnership with Motionhouse and Saturday morning Foundation Youth Theatre.
The department organises many theatre visits throughout the year covering a wide variety of theatrical genres. Students have also enjoyed weekend residential visits to London and theatre visits abroad, including a joint trip to New York with Warwick School.
Our core curriculum is also supported by a fantastic LAMDA department, offering girls to augment their skills in acting, verse & prose and public speaking. LAMDA is extremely popular with over 180 girls currently taking lessons and achieving outstanding results: 122 distinctions and 46 merits in our most recent exam session.