Age 11-14

The Drama department is a lively and vibrant part of school life at St James. The curriculum aims to provide a strong foundation in voice, movement and performance skills. All pupils acquire essential life skills through the art of presentation and delivery. The ability to work with others in a spirit of enthusiasm is a key element to working at production level. Pupils are encouraged to work and aspire to the highest professional standards in every aspect of theatre-making and in timetabled lessons.

The schemes of work at this stage ground pupils in improvisation, devising theatre, mime, movement and vocal delivery. Together, these elements build confidence and promote effective communication skills. 

Years 7, 8 and 9 have one lesson of drama per week.

Pupils can also take part in the LAMDA Club which is run by a specialist voice coach. Pupils are prepared for graded examination in Spoken Verse & Prose for Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.