Performing Arts

Performing Arts at Queen Ethelburga’s

There are many opportunities for you to be involved in performing arts at Queen Ethelburga's.

You can choose to study it as a GCSE or BTEC, take it as an enrichment activity, or join the Academy of Dramatic Arts (ADA) pathway with Saturday morning sessions available.

Senior School pupil performing in a play

Choose to take Drama, Dance or Performing Arts as a GCSE or BTEC at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate.
King’s Theatre, QE's Professional Performance Venue

Queen Ethelburga’s hosts multiple school productions throughout the year at the on-site 312-seat venue, King’s Theatre.

You can be involved in the senior school or whole school productions as well as watch professional touring productions that visit the site.


Study Performing Arts

In Key Stage 4, you can take GCSE Drama at QE College or GCSE  Dance at either of our Senior Schools. 

GCSE Drama will develop your love for performing and theatre by learning about creating characters, defining performance space, improvising and understanding the semiotics of drama. The course is assessed through practical pieces and examinations.

Alongside Drama, you can also study GCSE Dance, which will develop your passion, talent and interest in dancing, no matter what your experience is. The course will cover different dance styles choreographed and performed in the UK today. You will improve your fitness, technical and creative dance skills as well as analytical skills through a written exam.

At Key Stage 5, you can continue your love for drama at QE Faculty with the Performing Arts Practice BTEC. The course explores a varied insight into the performance industry, where you can study classic or contemporary performance mediums such as site-specific theatre, musical theatre or stand-up comedy.

Build Your Passion For Drama Outside Of Lessons

You can also complete an additional LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) qualification. In 2023, 100% of students passed their LAMDA exams, with 84% of students achieving distinctions.

Additionally, you can participate in the Academy of Dramatic Arts (ADA) pathway from Year 7 upwards. ADA helps you to hone in your skills in acting, musical theatre, comedy, stage combat and a variety of dance styles with extra time dedicated in your school day to do so. ADA also offers extra support with auditions, profiles and headshots, as well as applying for performing arts schools.

Students have continued studying performing arts at the BIMM Institute, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Regent’s University London.