Drama is a vibrant, all-inclusive department which provides a range of creative activities for all pupils in KS3 including devising, script reading, writing and performance, bringing Shakespeare to the stage, physical theatre, mask work. Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. It is our aim to enable them to develop excellent communication and group work skills, as well as self-confidence, whilst expanding their knowledge and experience of theatre and performance as a medium of entertainment.

We run a long-standing, popular and successful Drama club for KS3 students which encourages ‘play’ outside the classroom. This is further demonstrated by the ever-increasing numbers of youngsters from PHS who are members of drama clubs and amateur dramatic groups outside of school.

At KS4 it is a popular option subject which follows Edexcel’s syllabus, examined in three papers, 60% of which is internally marked coursework and 40% a final performance to an external examiner. Students seem to enjoy the expressive freedom the subject allows and many go on to study performing art/Drama at KS5 and at a higher education level.

We aim to provide opportunities for youngsters to perform outside the classroom in our yearly musicals, Shakespeare Schools Festival, the Xmas show and events such as Create a Musical in a Day Challenge. We further enrich their experience with trips to theatres both locally and inLondon.

Previous projects include:
Gareth Malone from BBC ‘Knight Crew’ at Glyndebourne
Shakespeare’s Schools Festival
National Youth Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Company
Frantic Assembly
Stage make-up
Billy Elliot Youth Theatre

Yearly school musical productions include:

The Addams Family
Sound Of Music
West Side Story
Billy Elliot
Our House
We Will Rock You
Return to the Forbidden Planet