Drama is vibrant at our school. With our performance space in the school hall and our Drama rehearsal studio, we provide a rich learning experience for all our pupils.

Drama at Lancing Prep Worthing builds self-confidence and public speaking skills; our pupils are encouraged to speak in public in a range of contexts throughout their time at our school. Many pupils audition for parts in our all-school musicals, which involve every year group in some way. Older pupils also assist with front of house and many backstage roles. There is something for everyone to get involved with, and they do so with relish!

About the Curriculum

Drama is taught as part of the English Curriculum from Year 4 and is an important vehicle to aid the development of speaking and five listening skills. Pupils study topics such as dramatic techniques employed in text. In Years 7 and 8, the Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship curricula are followed and pupils study selected Shakespeare plays, most recently Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, along with novels that are commonly dramatised, such as Lord of Flies by William Golding.

Teaching Approach

Pupils’ learning within the curriculum is enriched by visits and opportunities to experience theatrical productions first-hand. Year 4 brought Matilda to life through a series of workshops with our peripatetic drama teacher and the Worthing WOW festival visited Years 5 and 6 to share a classic children’s tale, from Oscar Wilde.

Beyond the Drama elements of the curriculum taught within English lessons, we offer co-curricular activities, including a very popular weekly Drama Club, open to all ages. Our Culture Club offers pupils the opportunity to attend a wide variety of dramatic performances at venues such as the Chichester Festival Theatre and the Connaught and Pavilion theatres in Worthing, as well as films at the Dome Cinema, Worthing.

For those who wish to pursue Drama further, there are weekly additional lessons with a peripatetic teacher in preparation for LAMDA examinations with consistently impressive results.