The Drama curriculum area is staffed by three teachers. There are a number of spaces that are used to teach students, including three dedicated indoor performing spaces and in our new Orsino building, we also have an amphitheatre - an open air venue for external performances.
key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3, students explore key drama skills and participate in engaging lessons that develop confidence and team work. Students devise and present scripted and improvised dramas in response to a range of stimuli, demonstrating their ability to investigate ideas, situations and events and gain an understanding of how theatre can communicate in innovative, challenging ways.
Key Stage 4
Drama is an increasingly popular GCSE subject for students at UHS. In recent years, students have achieved to a high standard in the Drama GCSE. The course requires students to explore text and live performance and to present both devised and scripted work, demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of different dramatic techniques and forms.
Exam Board - Pearson Edexcel
Coursework - 40%
Exam - 60%
Key Stage 5
There is more than one option if you would like to study drama or performing arts at post-16. The Diploma in Performance Arts is offered as a single or double option and the course allows our students to explore all aspects of the arts, both academically and practically. Students study a variety of different theatre genres from contemporary plays to Theatre in Education whilst developing their own creativity in a number of their own compositions. Students will work with professional actors and in local theatres to develop these pieces of performance in a very real way.
Exam Board - Edexcel
Coursework - 100%
There are many ways to get involved with drama outside lessons. Students have recently attended workshops with professional actors and practitioners, performed at our formal presentation evenings and even taken original devised pieces of drama out into the community; performed at a local infants school and in Uxbridge High Street. All students are given the experience of live theatre, with theatre trips to the West End and touring companies visiting the school. The most recent trips have included Matilda the Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Intermission Youth Theatre’s The Rise and Fall and the RSC’s Henry V. There is a regular, popular drama club for Key Stage 3 students and every year we stage a whole school production, allowing students from Year 7 to Year 13 to perform a full-length play or musical. Please see our gallery for our most recent productions.
ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
We are incredibly lucky to be working with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their Learning and Performance Network. This year we have been on two residential trips to Stratford-upon-Avon where we worked with professionals at the company and saw productions in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We have spent this year working towards a festival with our cluster schools: Whitehall Primary School; Hayes Park Primary School; Haydon School and Vyners School. We performed William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Festival, and it was also performed in our school, at a professional theatre in London and in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon.