Our Sixth Form House Drama Captains run 4 House Drama Clubs a week which are open to pupils in Year 7 - 9"

Drama empowers students in self-expression and communication through performance skills. Students develop as confident individuals, able to empathise with the community and the wider world whilst understanding the medium of theatre. They accumulate dramatic skills which can be applied to a range of contexts.

Key Stage 3:

Drama is part of the curriculum from Year 7. In Year 9, it forms part of a carousel with Design Technology and Textiles. Our current schemes of work include studying Melodrama and Silent Movie, Blood Brothers and Much Ado About Nothing. We also introduce the explorative strategies required for studying Drama at GCSE level. We have an exciting new project in Year 9’s Spring term where the students get the opportunity to lead workshops with local primary school students.


Students follow the Edexcel specification for GCSE Drama which enables them to develop practical skills and be inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad and worthwhile course of study. Pupils work imaginatively and creatively in creating both devised work and interpreting written texts into performance. They also develop skills of being a director and theatre practitioner by exploring how you would approach performance text in rehearsal and by reviewing the effectiveness of live theatre that they see.

A Level:

  • Component 1: Devising an original piece of performance – based on a text and a practitioner
  • Component 2: Text in Performance – Performing a monologue/duologue and a group piece
  • Component 3: Theatre Makers in Practice – Live theatre evaluation, the practical study of a complete text and how it could be realised in performance (Page to Stage) and a practical exploration of a different set text in light of a practitioner and how it can be reimagined for a contemporary audience (Interpreting a Performance Text).

Extension Activities:

School productions are an integral part of drama at Putney. With the opening of our new Performing Arts Centre, the Drama department continues to give girls the opportunity to perform in exciting school productions as well as getting involved in a range of different extra-curricular activities. There are three productions each year as well as the House Drama Festival, Shakespeare Schools Festival and a number of drama clubs.

Other opportunities include our ‘Drama Lab’, enabling Year 10 and 11 to express their creativity and give free rein to their imagination, and ‘Tech Club’ providing backstage work experience including in lighting, sound and stage management. 


Watch our new Performing Arts Centre (PAC) take shape in the video below:

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