Drama is a subject which has grown in popularity.  The success of school shows and high student involvement has raised the profile of the subject. Drama allows students to improve their self-esteem, confidence, understanding and communication skills. Drama enables students to be creative and experiment with different texts and improve their skills of self-expression. It is closely linked to the study of History, English and Literature.


Year 7:

  • Basic Drama Skills
  • Greek Theatre
  • Spontaneous Improvisation
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Crash Course Shakespeare

Year 8:

  • Commedia Dell’arte
  • Mask and Mime
  • Evacuees
  • Harry Potter
  • Theatre in Education

Year 9:

  • Horror and Tension
  • Script Work
  • Theatre Around the World
  • DNA by Dennis Kelly
  • Page to Film


Drama is increasing in popularity at Slough and Eton. The Performing Arts course offers students the opportunity to develop their performance skills as well as their understanding of both Drama and Dance. We try to keep most of the course practical. As well as creating their own pieces of Drama they will also learn about different practitioners, different elements of the theatre and perform scripts. For the course it is also a requirement that you see a professional production which you will then write about.

The course is aimed at raising your performance skills but also helps with transferable skills such as team work and empathetic skills.


The Drama department offers students across the school the chance to be involved in whole school productions such as The School of Rock, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and Sister Act. In the spring students also have the opportunity to perform in a play.

We as a school take part in the Shakespeare School Festival. This is where a group of students rehearse a Shakespeare play and then perform it in a professional theatre in front of a paying audience. Students who do not want to perform also have the opportunity to help backstage whether it be doing lights and sound or hair, makeup and costume.

Alongside this there is a constant stream of events within school that the students are involved with and gives them the chance to showcase their talent.


Theatre trips are integral to both Key Stage 3 and 4 and watching live theatre as much as possible is essential. Students have had the opportunity to visit and watch a wide range of productions such as: The Pantomime, Blood Brothers, and Wicked. One year the Key Stage 4 class were able to travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to see The Tempest and take part in a workshop run by The Royal Shakespeare Company. We also visit Warner Bros. Studio to get a better understanding of how they go from page to film and the different career opportunities within the Arts Industry. We also encourage students of all ages to visit the theatre and run trips and workshops throughout the year.




Examining Body

BTEC Level 1/2 Tech Award in Performing Arts




Mrs C Miller

Curriculum Leader / Head of Year 8/ - cmi@slougheton.com

Mrs N Sandhu (SENDCO) Drama Teacher
Miss J Woods Dance Teacher/Deputy Head of Year 7
Miss G Matson Deputy Head of Year 11/Drama Teacher