Confidently performing on stage and developing technical and design skills.
At Berkhamsted Girls all pupils study Drama in Years 7 and 8. Those who show an aptitude for the subject can opt to study the subject at GCSE and A Level.
We have an excellent Drama department with well-equipped facilities, offering an ongoing programme of drama productions both large and small. Other events such as the annual Berkhamsted Actor of the Year competition enable pupils to showcase their talents.
A large number of pupils take extra drama and public speaking lessons leading to the LAMDA and English Speaking Board (ESB) examinations, which are taught by several peripatetic teachers.
These are accredited examinations and the higher grades count toward points on pupils’ UCAS applications. There are examination sessions booked each term, often followed by a Speech and Drama Evening providing an opportunity for pupils to perform their examination work to an audience.
Discover more with our Director of Drama in this podcast
5 Star Reviews
In Sixth Form, pupils regularly perform at or visit the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, under the company name of Greene Shoots Theatre and regularly receive four and five reviews from professional critics.
All the venues for Drama productions at Berkhamsted Girls have their own lighting and sound equipment and productions are enhanced by an ever-growing wardrobe, props and scenery store. Our full-time Theatre Technician ensures all productions run smoothly and is able to provide expert training to pupils who are interested in the technical and design side of drama.
“Everyone has been raving about the show and the quality of sound, lighting and organisation. They keep asking me how did we get it ready with no technical run and in such a short time on the Friday. So I tell them that we work with the best.”
Ambitious go-getters who are always looking for ways to make themselves stand out from the crowd, and want to get the absolute utmost from the education and opportunities available to them.
Strong research skills are evident in many examples of project work, and older pupils, in particular, show excellent ability to assimilate and analyse a wide range of sources.