Years 7, 8 and 9
In Year 7, girls participate in expressive activities such as improvisation and confidence building, and learn basic stagecraft skills to encourage them to express themselves in a supportive and fun environment and work cohesively as an ensemble.
In Year 8, basics in stagecraft skills are further developed and students are introduced to play-building activities. They create characterisations, explore themes and relationships and explore texts that culminate in performances.
In Year 9, students are encouraged to explore social theatre and devise a group piece for performance. They also explore different styles of theatre and experiment with these as dramaturges, directors, playwrights and performers. Students also explore the improvisational comedy of Commedia Dell Arte and learn to use and perform in mask.
All Year 7, 8 and 9 students go to see live theatre and learn to appraise and review it in a written context.
Years 10 and 11: GCSE
As part of the AQA GCSE Drama course, students in Years 10 and 11 develop core practical performance skills, together with communication skills. The course requires the students to be active participants in workshops and public performances to showcase their developing artistry. They devise a group piece as well as work on naturalistic and non-naturalistic texts. Students watch live performances and participate in workshops through which they develop their descriptive, reflective, analytical and evaluative skills in written form.
In the Pre-IB course, students are introduced to basic stagecraft skills and exposed to theatre history, beginning with the Greeks and progressing into modern times. As well as classical theatre, including studying Shakespeare, students explore contemporary British theatre through workshops and performance. Students have opportunities to see live theatre and perform regularly in class workshops and as well as in public performances.
Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate
Years 12 and 13 follow the IB Theatre course and progress though the course in three core areas of study: Theatre in Context, Theatre Processes and Presenting Theatre. They are exposed to extensive practical workshops on an array of world theatre practices and practitioners and, as part of the course, enjoy public performance. Year 13 is devoted to completing the creative and critical assessment tasks integral to assessment outcomes.