Drama is part of the core curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 and is a popular option at GCSE and A Level. Lessons take place in purpose-built facilities and focus on allowing students to build up their confidence and develop valuable skills for life, such as being strong, empathetic leaders, innovative and creative thinkers, as well as clear and dynamic presentational speakers. Girls who study Drama visit up to five professional productions during the course to assist them with their studies.
Drama also flourishes in extra-curricular lessons and clubs with students having the opportunity to choose from options such as Lower School Drama Club and Technical Theatre Club. There are at least two shows a year enabling all age groups to perform. Recent productions have included Pygmalion, Singin’ in the Rain, Our Town and Mama Yankee’s Life Machine. Productions are performed in different venues around the school such as the Hall, JCS Auditorium or Drama Studio, all with impressive state-of-the-art technical facilities. On occasion, productions are performed in professional venues as part of exciting initiatives such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival, National Theatre Connections or the Leatherhead Drama Festival.
Group Speech and Drama lessons are available, and many girls take the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations. Each year several girls attain the coveted Gold Medal in Acting or the speaking of Verse and Prose, which gains them UCAS points towards their University entries.