St Davids College

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Performing Arts

Performing and Production Arts are seen as a vital element in the curriculum, developing critical skills that can be applied in other areas of school and beyond.

All children grow in self-confidence, developing impressive skills in communication, presentation, teamwork, and self-discipline.

All pupils take part in Drama classes from Year 7 to Year 9, with a weekly timetabled lesson. Older pupils can take Level 2 and 3 BTEC in Performing Arts or Production Arts. Pupils take part in the LAMDA exams and are encouraged to compete at the Chester Festival of Speech and Drama, further developing their performance skills and confidence.

We approach drama from a very practical perspective, gently working with the strengths and weaknesses of every child

But lessons aside, Performing Arts play a vital role in school life. All pupils are involved in the much-anticipated annual House Play Competition, with plays produced, directed and staged entirely by the pupils. The highly acclaimed annual school productions involve pupils from across all age groups in acting, singing, dancing and production. The school’s 2019 production of High School Musical was nominated by the National Operatic and Dramatic Association for the ‘Best Youth Production Award’ across Wales and Ireland. Drama activity sessions are also popular with children in all age groups.

Pupils have auditioned successfully for the National Youth Theatre whilst at school and many go on to university courses in Performing Arts and Production including at RADA, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and Guildford PPA or directly into employment in the industry.

Without the school’s Performing Arts and Production Arts department I would not be studying Technical Theatre at RADA today
Alexander Ringo (OD, 2017)

Performing Arts - the new team sport

Joshua Davies - Performing Arts

Emma Mulvihill - Performing Arts

Awards & Qualifications

Jennifer Appleton

Head of Department

Mrs Jennifer Appleton

Head of faculty for Performing Arts