Ms N Maher BA (Hons), Acting Dip
Director of Drama

Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer. Studying Drama will help you develop many important skills – co-operation, concentration, listening and appreciating the perspective of others. The kinds of skills that you will use for the rest of your life.

The Drama department is housed in the Beardwood Centre, which consists of a number of studios and a 130-seat theatre. It’s a well-equipped, versatile place to host the wide variety of productions that take place throughout the year. Recent productions have included Bugsy Malone (Years 7-10), The Real Inspector Hound (Years 11-13), Grease (Years 11-13), our socially-distanced promenade of A Midsummer Night’s Dream  (Year 9), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Years 10-13), The 39 Steps (Years 11-13), A Chorus of Disapproval (Years 11-13) and a promenade performance of Romeo and Juliet (Years 7-10).

All pupils in Years 7 and 8 study Drama. From Year 9 it is optional and you can decide to go on to study Drama at GCSE and A-level. It is a hugely popular co-curricular activity at Colfe’s and we set out to involve the largest possible number of students in our productions either as a performer or musician, backstage or as part of the technical team.

During Years 7-8 pupils are introduced to a variety of different historical styles of theatre. They explore Improvisation, Devising Theatre and Scripted Performance (which range from Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights such as Bryony Lavery). Each year group goes to a West End matinee performance, recently including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Phantom of the Opera, Matilda, School of Rock, Les Miserables, Wicked and Come From Away.

GCSE Drama (Eduqas) is a popular option and involves Devising Theatre, with supporting written evidence and a performance from a text. Pupils can also be assessed on a performance element such as costume, set design, sound or lighting. At the end of the course there is a written examination on a set text and pupils must write a live theatre review.

A-level students study Drama and Theatre Studies with Edexcel. There are regular workshops and Q&A sessions for these classes, which enable pupils to explore a variety of texts from different periods, such as The Tempest, Equus, Machinal and Woyzeck, and perform both scripted and devised work. Pupils also learn how to write informed critical analysis of plays that they have seen at the theatre from the perspective of actor, director, technician and member of the audience.

During the GCSE and A-level years, there are regular theatre visits which enable students to experience a wide variety of theatrical styles, for example: Small Island, Constellations, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Witness For The Prosecution, Death of a Salesman, Grown Ups, Things I Know To Be True, Network and The Tempest. Practitioner workshops with visiting theatre companies are also frequent – Frantic Assembly, Splendid Theatre and Punchdrunk to name but a few.

Past pupils who have studied Drama A-level at Colfe’s have gone on to attend competitive drama schools such as Arts Educational, RADA, Central, Guildhall, and Rose Bruford Drama School. In keeping with our recent success rate in the last five years where 18 pupils from the Senior School fought off fierce competition to be invited to join the prestigious National Youth Theatre of Great Britain on the acting and technical theatre courses.

Pupils may also opt to sit the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations. Scholarships are available for Year 7 and Year 12 pupils based on previous acting experience and a workshop audition.

A-level course details:

Co-curricular Drama
All pupils are also encouraged to take part in co-curricular Drama – examinations, productions and House competitions.

Art & Photography

The Art & Photography department at Colfe’s is an exciting, creative space that values imagination and intuitive responses, group and individual work.

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The Classics Department provides three ways in to this ancient past. Latin is offered throughout the school for Years 7-13, Classical Greek is an option in Year 9 and off-timetable in Year 10, and Classical Civilisation is available at both GCSE and A-level.

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Computer Science

Computer Science and IT at Colfe’s allows you to learn the principles of information and computation thinking, understand how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through a range of programming languages.

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Design & Technology

Design & Technology at Colfe’s prepares pupils to take part in a rapidly changing world; learning to think creatively, become problem solvers and innovators, and design products to fulfil needs and wants not yet realised.

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Our aim is to help you learn how to express yourself, to explore your unique creativity and ultimately to become a confident performer.

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In Economics and Business the emphasis in the classroom is on developing analytical abilities, encouraging argument from different standpoints and critical examination of data.

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English teaching at Colfe’s is focused on developing pupils’ engagement with literature, introducing them to a range of writers and texts, and encouraging them to become independent, proficient readers.

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Eudaimonia at Colfe’s is the teaching of the activity of wellbeing. Broadly based on the virtue ethics of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, the word Eudaimonia itself is most commonly translated as ‘flourishing’ by practising virtuous behaviour and engaging with what it means to be human.

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Our planet is a dynamic, complex and beautiful place. As far as we know it is unique. Studying Geography can help you to understand it, but studying Geography at Colfe’s can help you thrive in it.

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The History syllabus at Colfe’s studies some of the most significant events and people in British and World History over the past 2,000 years and aims to inspire a passion for the past.

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Learning Support

Learning Support is based in the heart of the Senior School in a well-equipped classroom with computers, ipads, an interactive whiteboard and an abundance of learning resources and educational games.

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The Library is very much at the centre of the school, and is extremely busy at break and lunch times, and before and after the school day.

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Mathematics is the keystone to the modern technological world in which we live. It enables us to understand our physical environment through sophisticated modelling techniques and is the ultimate language of strategical reasoning.

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Media Studies

Media Studies is about understanding how our world is constructed and how we are encouraged to perceive it. If you understand how the media works, you understand how the world works.

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Modern Languages

Our carefully planned Modern Languages programmes of study will lead you to communicate in modern, real-life situations, using real contemporary language.

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The importance of studying music can’t be overstated; it enables pupils to build confidence through performance, nurture creativity through composition and develop critical enquiry through musical appraisal.

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Physical Education

Through the Physical Education and Sport programme, our pupils experience opportunities to develop skills, which enable them to make informed lifestyle choices in adulthood and a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

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Religion & Philosophy

Giving pupils an opportunity to engage with the rich history of philosophical and theological thought contributes to their personal growth and ethical development.

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The Science facilities at Colfe's include nine dedicated laboratories with access to notebook computers, so that ICT skills can be used to complement learning.

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How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.