Drama at Denstone is both vibrant and dynamic, playing a central role in the whole school ethos. It aims to involve each and every student who passes through the school in some aspect of theatre, recognising that this may not necessarily be on the stage.

In the First to Third Forms, students enjoy drama as an important element of their weekly curriculum. As pupils reach the end of the Third Form, those who have a passion for the subject have the opportunity to study drama from a more academic perspective.

Recognising the impact drama holds across the school, the department works closely with English to enhance and reinforce elements of stagecraft and performance through theatre visits which are used to prepare students for exam texts. 

This popular curriculum area gains consistently high grades at GCSE year on year. Students engage in an interesting but demanding course of examined and practical work. Throughout the programme of study, students present their practical work to enthusiastic audiences in the School Room. This not only gives the candidates important practical experience but provides the audience with an insight into the innovative work that the department undertakes.

At A level, drama and theatre studies is a dynamic curriculum area which is academically challenging: 40% of the course is based on practical aspects of drama whilst the remaining 60% is text based. The course challenges and expands upon skills acquired at GCSE and offers directing, costume, set design and lighting as study areas for those whose interests rest outside the more traditional field of acting. The practical exam for both AS and A2 is presented to an evening audience in the Lent Term where students are graded for their effectiveness in their chosen skills.

There are many opportunties for extra curricular involvment in drama and productions.  Further details can be found on our extra curricular drama page.

Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.