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Aims & Philosophy of the Drama Department

The teaching philosophy of the Drama department revolves around enthusing all girls to harness their innate love of performance and become disciplined, confident and sensitive communicators. Some pupils will become accomplished performers, directors and critics and will go on to study the subject at a higher level.

Others will simply enjoy the subject and will be equipped with life-skills, including  empathy, teamwork, creativity, problem solving and communication, These valuable experiences will prepare  them well for the future.  For those that do study drama to examination level, we aim to offer a broad experience of dramatic techniques, texts and live theatre experiences.

Overview of Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In a class where all the girls have opted to take their drama interests further, the pace of work increases within the framework of the WJEC GCSE. The girls study a set text, see live theatre and perform both plays they have created themselves and plays that have been written by others. In the second year of the course, the girls are assessed in all areas of study by their own teachers and by external examiners. The pupils are encouraged to aspire to high performance values both in their acting and in the technical areas of performance.

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

Academic drama at QM has a long history of success with many A* grades at both GCSE and A Level in recent years. The Chapman Theatre and the technical support provided by the Theatre Technician make it possible to create theatre of the highest order. Experienced teachers teach lessons at QM with expertise in a range of theatrical styles and visiting workshop leaders are also used to add contemporary clout. The department provides a rich variety of theatre experience – QM is perfectly placed for pupils to visit some of the country’s best provincial theatres as well as to make the  journey south to Stratford and London.  To add even more breadth, the department organises a Drama study tour to Spain, Italy or Greece. On a daily basis, perhaps the best thing the department does is provide lively and stimulating lessons that girls look forward to and enjoy, whatever their age.

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