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Cedars Upper School

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The Drama Department is staffed by 2 drama teachers, Mrs Smith is also the team leader for Dance. We all teach the full range and ability of students from Year 9-13.

Drama is taught discretely in Year 9, although it appears within the English curriculum at Key Stage 3. It is taught on a carousel with Art, Music and Dance. Students can opt to take drama at GCSE and Drama and Theatre Studies at post-16 level.  Currently we have 80 students taking GCSE Drama across Years 10 and 11 and 20 in the Sixth Form.

The department offers the following courses:

  • GCSE WJEC Drama
  • Edexcel Drama and Theatre Studies

The Drama department offer theatre trips to students studying at GCSE and AS/A Level in order to support their learning. We also book theatre companies to come into school and take workshops on theatre practitioner's studied or set texts. Over the past year, we have taken our GCSE and A Level Drama students to Woburn Lower School, which has provided then with the opportunity to perform 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and run various Theatre in Education workshops for the students in our local community.


What a fantastic afternoon! Your students were brilliant and the way they interacted with the children - amazing! Please pass on, again, our thanks to your wonderful students.
Nicole Ivvett - Headteacher at Woburn Lower School

Each year the creative arts faculty work together on a school musical, which is one of the many extra-curricular performing opportunities available. Our past productions include Back to the 80's, Our House, Footloose and Grease. Participation within the musicals are very popular and we perform to sell out audiences. We also run Cedars Theatre Company, being involved within the company provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills within a range of roles whilst they represent the school within various extra-curricular performances. Auditions are held at the start of the school year and we encourage students who are interested in directing, technical crew and sound to engage in this opportunity. In 2016, Cedars Theatre Company took part in the National Theatre Connections 500 Theatre Festival, performing both at Cedars upper School and the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. Cedars Theatre Company performed Blackout by Davey Anderson.

For the past five years, we have had a 100% pass rate at Key Stage 5 and consistently good results at GCSE. Student choose to study Drama for a variety of reasons whether it be to develop confidence or self-esteem, have a passion for the arts or are interested in pursuing a creative career. Many of our students have gone on to successfully study drama and performing arts at university and drama school.