Drama is a growing discipline at St Martin's Ampleforth within the curriculum as an activity.
A highlight of the school year is the school play which is performed annually by Year 8. The rehearsals for this take place in the post-Common Entrance weeks providing a structured activity that is a final team showcase for the leavers. The performance alternates each year between a musical and a play.
Years 6, 7 and 8 have timetabled lessons weekly in Drama to learn dramatic technique, improve confidence on stage and to develop performing skills.
Years 3, 4 and 5 have a timetabled drama lesson per week where they start their training in elementary drama techniques and then put their skills to the test in a performance at the start of the summer term.
The Pre-Prep take their first steps onto stage with the annual Nativity performance. This is always a musical and may even involve some dance. The Pre-Prep children then take two of the songs from the Nativity play to perform in the awe-inspiring surroundings of the Ampleforth Abbey Church, in front of all the parents at our annual Carol Service. This is one of the highlights of the service! Drama is also available to Pre-Prep children as an After School activity.
The Prep school children may also choose to do Drama on one of their activity afternoons. This programme allows them to explore a variety of drama scripts and exercises as well as to prepare for performances to parents. Pupils are encouraged to develop confidence in speaking and performance skills and the activity provides opportunities for personal and artistic development through speech and drama. Pupils have the opportunity to take LAMDA exams and we have an outstanding record of success in these exams. Some pupils may be prepared for the drama element of the Basil Hume scholarship programme to Ampleforth College.