Drama

Mrs Helen De Mattos (Director of Drama) BA, PGCE (Roehampton), MA (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
Mrs Claire Peilow BA (Exeter), QTS (UEL)
Mrs Yvonne Cullen (Trinity Drama)  

Drama is a popular subject at Farnborough Hill.  It is taught at Key Stage 3 as part of the curriculum and is studied to GCSE and A level. 

In years 7 – 9 Drama is taught in the form of half termly or termly units of work which culminate in a practical assessed performance where students evaluate their work and that of their peers.

Year 7 students concentrate on story telling skills and building practical understanding.  They explore the medium of presentation through mime, poetry, prose, puppetry and script extracts.

Year 8 students improve their physical skills by learning stage combat, developing their voices and pushing the boundaries of physical theatre.

Year 9 students study the teachings of key practitioners in theatre such as Brecht and Stanislavski and look at more challenging texts to stretch understanding and risk taking skills.

Upper School (years 10-13) students opt to undertake drama at GCSE and A level which offer exciting opportunities to develop practical and creative skills. Frequent theatre visits are organised for all year groups irrespective of GCSE or A level choices. 

Trinity Drama classes are offered throughout the school where students are prepared for graded examinations twice a year.

Students take part in performances as well as studying plays, playwrights and theatrical practitioners. Theatre companies and practitioners are regularly invited into school to work with the students who also enjoy the exciting opportunity of having the West End on the doorstep complemented by superb local theatres.  

We have excellent facilities for performance. A recently refurbished state-of-the-art theatre (Theatre on the Hill), a black box studio space and the main school hall which accommodates a large audience for our popular musical productions. All are fully equipped with lighting and sound. 

Annual school productions (usually at the end of the Easter Term) are run for the Lower School (Years 7 – 9) and Upper School (Year 10 – 13).