Drama Scholarship | Year 12 | 16+
With its excellent pupil to staff ratio, St Edmund’s School can guarantee its Scholars the personal and professional attention that their talents deserve.
The highly prized title of ‘Scholar’ exemplifies pupils who contribute to the whole of school life but will take advantage of the many extension opportunities to develop their academic abilities. Our specialist, dedicated teachers nurture this enthusiasm, inspiring pupils to reach greater heights.
St Edmund’s School has an enviable reputation for its Drama and is proud of its 400-seat theatre with one of the largest school stages in the South East. The Director of Drama worked as a professional actor and director for over 25 years, and his Deputy spent 15 years at the Royal Academic of Dramatic Arts working with professional actors. This experience has proved invaluable when teaching in the classroom or directing the many ground breaking productions that have come to characterise Drama at St Edmund’s.
In recent years, these have included A Chorus Line, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Animal Farm, Time and the Conways, a whole school production of Oliver, and the groundbreaking Chicago.
A-level Drama combines performance with the academic study of drama and theatre, and aims to develop the artistic and technical knowledge of our pupils. Practical work at all exam levels is of the highest standard, with the majority of pupils achieving full marks for performance.
There are many opportunities to see professional productions, locally and in London’s West End, as well as annual trips abroad. The Department visits New York and LA to see Broadway productions and to partake in workshops with cast members.