Drama is an area of particular strength at Colchester High School. We have a long tradition of putting on excellent school performances, run a popular Production Club, and extract full benefit from having a dedicated drama suite in our purpose-built Performing Arts Wing.
We also teach a drama course in solo acting devised by LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). LAMDA is one of the oldest drama schools in the UK and has a global reputation for excellence. Gaining one of its qualifications is a recognised mark of quality in the drama community, and can win pupils UCAS points to count towards their university applications.
The course we offer prepares pupils to gain a Level 3 Certificate in Performance – at either Grade 6 or Grade 7. It is currently open to pupils in Years 10 and 11, but it has been so successful that there are plans to extend it to Year 7-9 students as well.
Pupils who take the course, which is taught in two after-school sessions every week, have to learn a wide range of acting skills and processes, perform a chosen scene from memory, and demonstrate a mature understanding of the material. They also gain broader life skills such as effective communication, memory training, textual analysis and the ability to perform under pressure.
We are very proud to report that all seven of our pupils passed their exams, three with merit and two with distinction. This earned each pupil between 25 and 40 valuable UCAS points to put towards their university applications, with the possibility of earning more by moving on to higher grades.