King James' School


Head of Department: Mrs J Tighe

The Department (comprising three specialist staff) is incredibly dedicated and passionate about Drama and the valuable role it plays in shaping students’ creativity, confidence, communication and teamwork skills. We aim to inspire, encourage and challenge students to value themselves, their peers and be proud of the process and performance work that they produce. Students regularly experience opportunities to learn independently as well as part of small and large groups. Peer, self and assessment of learning is an integral part to the subject across all key stages.

Our challenging Key Stage 3 curriculum encompasses a range of skills, conventions and theatre styles so that students develop performance, leadership, creativity and communication skills. These skills are then further developed during Key Stage 4 where students may opt to take either the GCSE Drama course or the BTEC Performing Arts. Students pursue a demanding and highly practical curriculum regardless of course choice. At Key Stage 5 students can continue their craft of theatre by selecting either AS/A2 Theatre Studies or BTEC National Subsidiary or Diploma in Acting, the latter being equivalent to two A levels. The perception of the subject is very strong, and there is a strong sense of ethos. All of the courses offered within the department are highly popular choices at both GCSE and A Level entry.

Drama is part of the Expressive Arts faculty at King James’s, along with Art and Music. The faculty aims to develop realistic and workable links between each area, while maintaining the strengths of the discrete subjects. There is opportunity to join with Art and Music in ventures such as arts festivals, joint residential trips, combined arts projects, expressive arts and musical productions.  We hold the Artsmark Silver Award.

Read about extra-curricular drama at King James’s.

Teaching Staff:

Mrs J Tighe
Mr M Driver
Mr P Haughton