Bishop Challoner

Catholic Secondary School


‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being’    Oscar Wilde

Students receive one lesson of Drama per week in KS3 and have a broad and balanced curriculum including both process and product drama being explored.  Students learn a new topic and set of skills every six weeks with a summative assessment at the end of each half term.  Students are introduced to various topics including Shakespeare, Physical theatre, Melodrama and many more.  See KS3 Curriculum Map below for all topics.

We have a growing take up for GCSE Drama and numbers continue to increase yearly.  We study the OCR specification, which allows students to explore a wide range of theatre including performing, directing, devising, designing and technical aspects too.   See KS4 curriculum map below for a more in depth look at each assessment studied.

Extra-curricular Drama & Dance

We have many opportunities for students to get involved in Drama and Dance outside of the classroom in order to strengthen their experience in the arts.  Many lunchtime activities take place including KS3 Drama Club, the Christmas drama showcase, performance talent shows and amateur dramatic competitions against local schools.   We also enter the annual Rock Challenge dance/drama competition and have performed in both the Southampton and Portsmouth Guildhall.

We regularly offer theatre trips to watch professional theatre productions to encourage students to widen their experience of theatre.  In the past we have been to see ‘The woman in black’ at the West End, ‘Burnout’ by Frantic Assembly and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by the English National Ballet.  Every year we invite theatre companies and professionals to deliver workshops at our school to enhance students learning of specific topics.   These companies have included ‘The Paper Birds’, ‘The English National Ballet’ and ‘Stage Combat/Special FX blood’ delivered by Squire Theatre.

On top of all of this we have an annual school musical production alongside the Music department, which is open to everyone to join in and have a go.  Rehearsals begin the summer term with the final production lasting four nights in the final week of school in July.  We are very fortunate that every year we have a sell out audience for every night as the shows are very popular amongst our community.  Past performances have included ‘We will rock you’, ‘High school musical’ and ‘Oliver’.