Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Dream Jobs

  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Playwright/ Scriptwriter
  • Costume designer/maker
  • Set designer
  • Choreographer
  • Lighting/Sound technician
  • Musical Director
  • Costume designer
  • Hair and Makeup artist
  • Stage Manager
  • Tour manager
  • Talent Agent
  • Stunt and stage combat expert
  • Marketing manager
  • Box office manager
  • Theatre manager

What do our students say?

“Drama allows me to express myself in ways that I couldn’t do before, it helps me feel confident and free”

“I have developed my public speaking and confidence since year 7. I used to be so quiet, but now you can’t stop me from taking the stage”.

“I found that drama helped me to understand English better, I used to find Shakespeare really difficult, but acting it out has allowed me to understand and enjoy plays like Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet”.


What do our parents say?

“My son is always talking about Drama at home, we have watched his confidence grow a huge amount since he started performing in year 7 and with the help of the Drama department he can transformed from a shy young boy into a confident and articulate teenager”

“Our daughter adores the theatre and has been inspired by the range of work they study in drama at OASB. She discovers a new play every week!”


"Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to” - Willem Dafoe

Drama at OASB

Drama at South Bank is about expression, creativity, articulation, and confidence. In our curriculum, we aim to explore life and humanity through studying the many worlds of theatre and performance. We are aware that this might be the first time that many of our students have studied theatre and so we have deliberately designed our lessons to guide specific practice and build up their knowledge of technique and renowned practitioners. We want our curriculum to be ambitious for all students so we teach them about a range of theatre companies like Frantic Assembly, Slung Low and Wise Children. These examples of how individual inspiration leads to collaborative success are instrumental in showing our students what Drama can bring them. We believe that this opens doors and closes gaps.

Through our curriculum, we seek to provide students with new ways to experience the world and the people around them. In our Drama classrooms, specific practice leads students to complete joyful, playful and collaborative work. Student groups change each half term, meaning that relationships develop and students can become more creative, sharing ideas and working hard at getting more confident.

We have designed the first years of students’ Drama studies so that they build on articulation and public speaking because we know that students at South Bank can arrive without the confidence in their own voice. They focus on characterisation, studying human behaviours, gait, posture and gesture and then embodying and mimicking these for dramatic effect. In our classrooms, we want to see students embodying a range of characters and using their bodies to transform texts.

As students progress in their learning of Drama, we intend to provide them with opportunities to study the rich world of theatre literature and the processes of theatre companies. Through our lessons, we intend to teach them about writing, directing, producing and stage management. As they progress in their course, we plan for them to collate their learning and perform. This is the culmination of five year of dramatic study and, we believe, that it is rewarding and exciting.

We want to transform students’ lives by making them confident creative public speakers who are unafraid of taking risks and who can leave school with skills which are important for anything they go on to do. Our students and our teachers are proud of what we do in our Drama classrooms and we intend for every lesson to bring out the best in every student.

We want our students to remember their first performance – the moment when they realised the power within them.


For further information on the Drama curriculum at OASB please email