We seek to stimulate and maintain pupils' curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Drama. We help the pupils understand the nature of Drama: to appreciate it by making it as well as studying it; to understand it not only with their minds but with their senses, their bodies and their emotions; to understand the forms it takes in cultures other than their own; and, through this understanding, better to understand themselves, their society and their world.
The Drama Department teaches all aspects of the subject from Shakespeare to Experimental Theatre and places great emphasis on the acquisition of skills, through both thematic and textual exploration.
In lessons the pupils take part in individual and group activities, e.g. role play and dramatic activities such as listening, talking, planning, reviewing, composing, making notes, writing, discussion and appraising.
They are also encouraged to share their experiences and culture with others in order to enhance the quality of learning.
St Helen’s offers girls the chance to participate in a wide range of Drama productions. In collaboration with Merchant Taylors' School, we perform a senior school play or musical each year. We have a Middle School production in the Spring Term and biennial involvement in the Shakespeare School Festival in the Autumn Term.
Co-curricular LAMDA lessons are offered to students during the school day, lunch hours and after school.
A drama club is run by the Sixth Form Drama Scholars, and we hold a weekly Technical Theatre Club at lunch time. In addition, we hold a House Duologue Competition.
Theatre trips are integral to the programme of study.
Pupils have achieved the top grades in A Level Drama and Theatre Studies and in GCSE Drama examinations, and have gone on to study Drama at universities and to pursue acting careers.