11 - 16 Years
Drama at The Hammond offers exciting opportunities for students to develop artistic, technical and personal skills in a motivating and professional environment.
Drama students at The Hammond are encouraged to develop self-confidence, communication skills and artistic techniques. An enhanced timetable enables our drama students to further extend their talents and interests by participating in a variety of performances and presentations. Alongside this enhanced timetable, which includes specialist workshops, entrants will follow the academic curriculum. This confidence-giving course has allowed students to follow a wide variety of career paths post-16 and at University.
This all-embracing programme consists of up to three hours of drama within the daily timetable, extra-curricular sessions to be held after school, a one-hour vocal training class after school and enrolment into the Hammond Youth Theatre, which takes place at Hoole Bank on Saturday mornings. Trinity College London and LAMDA classes are available by arrangement, as are singing lessons.
All Lower School drama students become members of the Black Box Theatre Company. This membership entitles students to participate in an annual theatre production and community outreach project. The Black Box Theatre Company tours during the summer term and is involved in the annual ISA Drama Festival.
As well as an enriching academic curriculum, students can expect to participate in:
- Drama lessons within the daily timetable
- LAMDA examination training
- Black Box Theatre Company training one evening per week
- A major drama production each Autumn
- One vocal training session per week
- The Hammond Youth Theatre on Saturdays
Successful applicants for entry into Years 7 to 10 will have a significant level of interest in drama and the potential to reach a high standard of performance. Boarding places are available for drama applicants.
Entry is by audition (please see Auditions page for dates and application forms).