• The 2017 school production took us back to World War I for 'Private Peaceful'.
  • Classroom drama lessons give boys the opportunity to express themselves.
  • The department offers props and costumes for use in lesson time, as a means to enhance classroom learning!
  • A hands-on approach to teaching ensure that students get the most out of the subject.

“Drama is life with the boring parts cut out” – Alfred Hitchcock

The drama department at Isleworth & Syon is a vibrant and thriving area of the school which gives students the opportunity to nurture and develop their creativity, confidence and discipline. The curriculum offered across all three key stages is wide-ranging and challenging.

The subject equips you with skills that are essential to the real world; from simply working in a collaborative and supportive manner, to creative problem solving, project management and meeting deadlines.

The department is staffed by specialists in the field of drama, who are themselves experienced performers, writers, applied theatre practitioners, lighting designers and directors.

Beyond the requirements of the courses offered, students learn the skills required to work within the industry through an outstanding extra-curricular programme.

Recently, Isleworth & Syon students have taken places to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London Academy of Music and the Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Bristol Old Vic, the Institute of the Arts Barcelona (IAB), York and St. Mary’s University (Twickenham). In addition, students have successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre, National Musical Youth Theatre and RADA Youth Company.

We are very proud that one of our recent alumni, Taheen Modak, has appeared in two seasons of ITV drama ‘The Bay’ (2019-2020) and starred in the Sky series ‘Two Weeks to Live’ in 2020. He also made his West End debut at The Old Vic in early 2019.

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Curriculum Leader

Mr T McDonnell

Teaching Staff

Mr J Pratlett Miss O Thomson
For A level drama and theatre, students examine drama practically and in writing to a high academic level. There is sustained study of a series of classic and contemporary drama texts. Additionally, students must create an original piece of drama using the techniques and principles of a key practitioner. There are numerous theatre visits and opportunities to meet theatre and arts professionals in preparation for the written exam at the end of Year 13.

School Production
Auditions take place in the final week of June for the following year’s production. Students can participate as actors or as designers, stage management, lighting or wardrobe/costume technicials. Recent productions include ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Private Peaceful’, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Drama Festival
Showcase of some of the most outstanding work from class from Year 7 to Year 13. An opportunity for students and parents/carers to see the range of talent on show.

Year 7 Drama Club
Weekly afterschool workshops run from September until July for all students in Year 7. This culminates in performances at the Christmas Concert, Summer Arts Festival and end-of-term assemblies.

Year 8 Drama Club
Weekly afterschool workshops run from September until July for all studnets in Year 8. This culminates in a performance at the Christmas Concert, Summer Arts Festival and end-of-term assemblies.

Year 9 & 10 Drama Club
Weekly afterschool workshops run from January until July for all students in Years 9 & 10. This culminates in a performance at the Christmas Concert, Summer Arts Festival and end-of-term assemblies.

Schools Club
An opportunity for Year 9 students to attend theatre production at the Old Vic and receive expert workshops free of charge.

Arts Award
A programme run for students in Year 9 to participate in the Bronze Award. Students have to create a portfolio that shows their development in an area of creative arts.

National Theatre New Views
A playwrighting scheme in which students are invited to study playwrighting before creating their own original work for consideration by The National Theatre.

Reward Screenings
Students who continually demonstrate outstanding Attitude to Learning and effort in class are invited to “cinema screenings” of recorded theatre productions. Last year, these included ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Newsies’.

Theatre Visits
Students attend a wide variety of theatre performances on a regular basis. Recent productions seen include ‘Endgame’, ‘Teenage Dick’, ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘A Very Expensive Poison’, Berberian Sound Studio’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’, ‘The American Clock’, ‘Hadestown’ and ‘Dealing with Clair’.