In any of the forms of Theatre, TV or Film, Drama continues to be one of the most engaging life-long experiences that many pupils have at secondary school. Here at Netherhall we focus on the fundamental skills of Live Theatre in the Responses, Creation and Presentation of Performances. Drama at GCSE and at A Level is a very popular and successful subject at Netherhall and 100% of our students have gone on to attend their 1st choice of Drama School across the UK.
At all levels of Study, pupils and students will complete a 40 to 60% balance of work, between written tasks and performance/practical assessments. Leaners will explore published plays, creating performance scripts and learn the techniques of acting and performance throughout their time at Netherhall. Learners are also encouraged to balance their technical knowledge and personal opinion of Drama in written tasks and evaluations of live or recorded performances. The vast majority of our students and pupils enjoy the varied plays, real world issues and professional performances that they explore in Drama class. Lessons are held in one of our two purpose-built Drama Studios and the department is staffed by Drama and Theatre Specialists who are also responsible for organising the school performances throughout the year.
The Drama department is a vital part of school life. All students, in all year groups and of any ability are welcome to participate in the wide number of activities that are available to them. As well as a weekly Drama club, there are performances that are staged for the Open Evenings, Winter and Summer performances, The Arts Festival, Theatre Visits, and workshops. Netherhall’s pupils have contributed to some astonishingly successful performances over recent years such as Les Misérables, Little Shop Of Horrors and the Cambridge School’s Shakespeare Festival. We are supported by a wide variety of teachers and departments in creating these breath-taking shows!