Department of Dramatics

The Drama Department promotes an ethos of mutual trust and respect, where students can be themselves in a comfortable and supported environment. Through drama, we seek to build a student’s confidence and belief in themselves.  Through role-play, improvisation, and characterisation they are able to question and reflect on the world around them, and develop their skills in presentation and teamwork.

We provide many opportunities for theatre trips and workshops to enhance our students’ knowledge and experience of Drama and the department offers extensive extra-curricular opportunities tailored to a variety of interests and specialisms. There are several major productions each session and the department encourages student-led devised work. The following extra-curricular activities are on offer:

  • a sixth form production directed by sixth form students
  • Two major productions with Merchiston Castle School
  • a lower school play or musical every second year, in conjunction with the music department
  • a lower school drama club run by sixth form students
THE CURRICULUM

Junior School

Primary 1 - Primary 3 lessons focus on skills such as teamwork, storytelling and imaginative play, while from Primary 4 - Primary 6 Drama is used as a tool to explore relevant topics and themes. Skills are developed and topics tie in with cross-curricular themes and Personal & Social Education (PSE). 

Lower School

Students in Remove and Lower 4 get the opportunity to develop skills in many different areas of Drama, offering them a wide breadth of knowledge and experience.

Upper school

The Drama course in Upper 4 consolidates students experience of drama and builds on previous knowledge, before moving on to an introduction to GCSE work such as Theatre Arts, devising and script work.

GCSE - Lower 5 and Upper 5: 

The GCSE course focuses on devising, study of a text and production analysis.

SQA Higher and Advanced Higher: 

The Higher course is designed to prepare students for a career in performance and the more practical aspects of theatre arts. It covers drama skills, production skills and textual analysis. A performance examination carries 60% of the total mark and students sit a written examination worth 40%.

Advanced Higher appeals to those students who hope to go on to study drama at university.  Students will consider how theatre practitioners have shaped theatre practice and will get to hone their own skills in Acting, Directing or Design. A performance examination carries 60% of the total mark and students write a Project-Dissertation on a subject of their choice worth 40%. 

Gemma Heather-Hayes

BA Acting, PCert (LAM)

Rebecca Nicol

BA in Drama

All our teachers are registered with the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and they all hold a post graduate teaching qualification (usually PGCE or PGDE) if their degree is not in education.