Drama & Theatre Studies

We aim to develop our pupils’ understanding and enjoyment of drama and theatre both through experience as audience members and through development of their own theatre skills.


ust as importantly, we work hard to develop our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural contexts of drama and theatre, through detailed study of dramatic texts and of the work of theatre practitioners and companies. We also help them expand their ability to respond critically and sensitively to a range of drama texts and to theatre in performance.

Academic drama is greatly enhanced at St Edward’s by the presence on school grounds of The North Wall, a nationally-important arts centre, and home to the School’s Drama and Dance Departments.  Owned and managed by the School, The North Wall runs a highly-regarded public programme which brings professional performers, writers, directors and technicians into pupils’ day-to-day lives, giving them an unparalleled opportunity to experience and learn from the real world of theatre.

We offer IGCSE, A Level and IB Diploma. The IGCSE is awarded by Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and A Level by AQA.

For IGCSE pupils explore, develop and perform in a number of pieces across the two years of study, both scripted and devised and develop skills in acting and technical elements.

For A Level pupils take on roles within two examined performance pieces. One is a devised piece and the other is an extract from a published play. The written paper is completed at the end of the second year and is comprised of a section on productions the pupils have seen and two sections on plays they have studied.

The IB Theatre Arts course is an exciting and organic course that allows pupils across the two years of study the chance to explore a wide range of theatre practice from around the world. The IB is a very practical course underpinned by academic research.

No prior learning is necessary for candidates to undertake the courses, but they should both enjoy drama and theatre, and have a genuine desire to develop this interest. Group work and theatre visits will play an integral part of the courses.

Head of Academic Drama: David Aldred

Head of Co-Curricular Drama: Katrina Eden



Katrina Eden BA, King Alfred’s, Winchester; MA (Arts Ed), London. Head of Academic Drama
David Aldred BA, University of Exeter
Lisa Elkins  
Lauren Mackrell BA, Royal Holloway, London
Phoebe Simmonds BA, University of Bristol

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