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Inspiring Young People


Details of the curriculum for KS3 and KS4 are included here split into Year group information.  Click on the relevant tab  on the left to access this.

The Department

  • The Drama Department offers a broad and ambitious curriculum and extra-curricular programme, intended to inspire all pupils and students to express themselves confidently and creatively.  While  developing an appreciation of drama, theatre and performances techniques, pupils and students are able to develop their communication and a range of transferable skills that will support them in the wider world and prepare them for a range of careers, professions and industries. 
  • In experiencing  a variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies, pupils and students are encouraged to express themselves emotionally and imaginatively. They become spiritually, culturally and ethically aware through responding thoughtfully to drama, theatre, plays, characters and issues of social concern while developing their understanding, vocabulary and literacy skills through both verbal and written analysis, and self-reflection.
  • The impact of the Drama curriculum is that all pupils and students experience a variety of practical and performance opportunities where they gain, retain and evaluate the necessary skills and knowledge and develop as well rounded individuals, whilst maintaining high expectations for academic achievement. Drama students learn the value and importance of personal learning and thinking skills, research, presentation, focus, commitment, reliability and self-management. Valuable skills for their future.

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Mrs S James (Head of Drama)

Mrs James is a highly qualified teacher and examiner of Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, with over 15 years’ experience.  A trained actor, Mrs James has worked professionally in both theatre and on television.   She runs her own theatre company, offering private Drama tuition for children and young people, including LAMDA examination training.  Mrs James regularly attends the theatre and enjoys reading a wide range of plays. 

Miss J Davenport (Part-time, Teacher of Drama)

Miss Davenport is a highly qualified and experienced teacher and examiner  of Drama, Performing Arts, Music and Musical Theatre. A trained performer and professional theatre director, Miss Davenport enjoys playing piano in a local Big Band and theatre orchestra and can often be found supporting local musical theatre performances at The Gladstone theatre and other local venues. 

Work from the department


Students are provided with a range of extra-curricular opportunities including weekly drama clubs, theatre visits, school productions and participation in national Drama events e.g. Shakespeare in School Festival. 

School Productions

School Production: Little Shop Of Horrors 2016

Oliver 2017

Shakespeare in Schools Festival 2018 As You Like It
Performed at the Floral Pavilion Theatre.

Sister Act 2018

Return to the Forbidden Planet 2019

Theatre visits

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London ‘Twelfth Night’

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick As You Like It


Theatre visit, The Floral Pavilion ‘Band of Gold’

For more information:  

Twitter: Drama@UptonHallFCJ


VLE (Drama)