“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”

Oscar Wilde

The study and practice of drama at QEHS can empower young people to learn more about themselves and the world around them in a safe and supportive environment.

We aim to inspire confidence and curiosity in our students, enabling them to delve deeper into the social and cultural issues explored in lessons and to ask questions about why people behave as they do. Through practical group tasks, students will develop vital skills for the future such as independence, resilience and critical thinking, whilst practising collaboration and cooperation. Leadership skills and low stakes risk taking are encouraged and the need to respect others and be open to learning from them is embedded in all the work we do. At the heart of the curriculum is the development of high-quality performance skills, with challenging and engaging topics and scripts selected to give students the opportunity to develop their own creative ideas whilst communicating effectively with their audience.

Different acting techniques and drama strategies will be taught, equipping students so that they can rehearse and refine their own performance work to best achieve the aims they set themselves. Technical theatre design will be investigated and put into practice, with students learning about different job roles in the creative industries, developing an understanding of how a team of creative people all work together to achieve shared goals, and how all are important and valued. We aim to inspire a lifetime love of theatre in students as creators, performers and audience members.

Curriculum Overview

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