Ashbourne’s A level Drama & Theatre Studies students scooped three awards at the ISA Drama Festival (2019): Hurst Lodge Award for best senior production, Margaret Milner-Williams Medal for best senior boy performer and the Hollygirt Prize for best moment of theatre in senior production. The Independent Schools Association (ISA) competition included around 500 independent and specialist performing arts schools from across the country.

Daniel Kedge, who has directed many of his own productions including at Edinburgh Festival and who has been teaching theatre for many years, leads the A level Drama & Theatre Studies course at Ashbourne. Students follow the AQA syllabus which offers a good balance between physical performance and written theory.

A unique feature of studying A level Drama & Theatre Studies at Ashbourne is that students will see up to 15 productions in a single year at some of London’s outstanding theatre venues. They also have plenty of opportunities to perform including at Ashbourne’s thriving drama club and at the very popular annual showcase event, the Ashbourne Revue.

Ashbourne holds annual auditions for Drama scholarships. Prospective students are asked to perform a short monologue in front of a panel including Ashbourne’s Drama tutors and the Director of Studies.


Find out more about drama and scholarships at Ashbourne