The English and Drama Department believe in making a difference to the intellectual, personal, social and cultural development of all young people in school. We deliver flexible schemes of work that are responsive to the needs of individual pupils. All year groups read stories, novels, poetry, drama, non-fiction and media texts and pre-1914 work features throughout the school. At GCSE we offer English Language and English Literature to all pupils in mixed ability form groups. At AS and A-level we offer Literature, Language, Language & Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies.
There are at least four productions a year in the well-equipped Hockney Theatre, some open to particular year groups and some featuring extra-curricular productions which mix our youngest pupils with our oldest students. A large technical team works with our Theatre Technician to support this work as well as many other public events in the theatre and in our Price Hall. In addition we believe that Drama has a unique place to play in boosting concentration, confidence, control, and a feeling of community collaboration.
The Clarkson Library is a wonderful resource used by English classes and the whole school. Award schemes and competitions take place throughout the year; and evening performances of poetry readings take place in the Summer term in collaboration with the Music Department. Extra-curricular activities include Creative Writing Society, Opening Lines and Six Appeal (our student newspapers), Film Society, Lower School and Senior School Drama and Chatterbooks for younger readers. Members of the department also play a significant part in the school’s competitive Debating Societies. Day workshops have taken place at Bradford’s National Media Museum and at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and there are regular theatre visits to both local and national venues. Residential courses for Sixth Formers in recent years have included the Yorkshire Dales, the Lake District, Dublin, Bath, London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Click here to see images of Lower School drama.