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2015 ISI Inspection Report

Excellent in every category

Drama

Drama is taught to all girls from Year 6-9 at which point students can choose the subject as an option at Key Stage 4, (Years 10-11, GCSE).

At Leicester High we follow the WJEC GCSE course and the WJEC Drama and Theatre Studies course at AS and A2 level.

The lessons at Key Stage 3 are skills-based and progressive, making the transition to GCSE level easier. It is hoped that all students at all levels will develop in confidence and self-discipline through working with each other in a safe and nurturing environment.

Those who do best at Key Stage 4 approach the course with enthusiasm, mutual respect and commitment.

Taking GCSE Drama is not a prerequisite for opting for Drama and Theatre Studies at A level, but it is considered advantageous. Recent A level texts have included: 'The Threepenny Opera' by Bertlot Brecht and 'Uncle Vanya' by Anton Chekhov.

Pupils also take LAMDA examinations in Speech and Drama and many enter both the Leicester Festival and the Leicester Drama Festival at the Little Theatre, annually, in October/November. The girls are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular opportunities provided by the department. Lunch time concerts with a Q & A session with the artists, charity concerts and evenings of drama. The 2014 production was ‘The Sound of Music’, which Years 6-13 enjoyed and performed to a high level. In 2015 the production is ‘Peter Pan’. Leicester High School for Girls also takes part in the School Shakespeare Festival performing at Curve Theatre, Leicester. Previous performances have included ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Taming of the Shrew’.