Speech Drama is offered as a co-curricular subject throughout all three schools and is currently studied by approximately a third of all pupils.
In the Senior School, lessons are tailored to suit the specific needs of the individual – and although the largest emphasis is placed on developing acting skills, many pupils opt to further their understanding of alternative performance disciplines such as verse speaking, public speaking, mime and improvisation.
Many pupils choose Speech & Drama as a valuable tool for improving their self-confidence, or for polishing their competency with the English language. Some will see it an opportunity to enhance their cultural awareness or as essential for teaching them the transferable life-skills needed for assured communication in the adult world. But for the vast majority of Speech & Drama pupils, these lessons are a place to hone technique to the standard required for success at competition, examination, performance and (for some) professional audition level.
We work with several examination boards in order to facilitate minimum disruption for children pupils may be prepared for (singularly or variously) LAMDA, RADA, Trinity Guildhall, NEA, LCM and Victoria College exams.
Pupils may also be invited to enter the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts where Dean Close scholars hold an enviable reputation as some of the most successful local performers.