Building confidence and exploring genres

Drama is taught in classes from Years 5 to 8 by a specialist teacher. Children explore the different genres of drama, including mime, improvisation and text. Shakespeare is introduced in Year 5. We aim to give pupils an insight into theatrical forms and to build their own confidence and interest. In Years 7 and 8 public speaking and debating are introduced.  

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Drama is also used in other lessons in the form of role-play and staged conversations and readings.

All children have the chance to be in annual productions, which have recently included Bugsy Malone, High School Musical, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Seussical. Trips to professional theatre productions are arranged during the year and pupils have the chance to access workshops given by West End Theatre professionals. In the Juniors Department pupils take part in a highly acclaimed Play in a Day workshop.

LAMDA, which offers children life-long skills in communication and performance and boosts their confidence is very popular with the children.  In 2018/2019 alone, more than 90 pupils from Years 2 to Year 8 took LAMDA exams up from the entry grades to Grade 6. 


Children who are particularly interested in drama can take weekly LAMDA lessons. The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art offers graded exams in drama from Years 2 to 8, which encourage children to develop their skills and knowledge. Currently over a hundred pupils are involved in these, from the Introductory Grades to Grade 5.

The Drama Masterclass is a Gifted and Talented extension class for Year 8 pupils with a particular interest in drama, which also prepares candidates for senior school scholarship auditions.  


Nursery and Pre-Prep Nativity productions
Junior Nativity Production
A large scale Middles Production
A large scale Senior Production
Annual Stand Up Comedy and Review Show for Junior and Prep 
LAMDA Performance events
Play in a Day