St Mary’s has had, for many years, a special relationship with RADA – the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. This has involved the school and the academy collaborating on a number of projects, including workshops on Physical Theatre, Voice and Audition Skills. In September 2007, a new year-long course was established – The RADA Advanced Communications Skills Course. The course now runs as an option for LVI (Year 12) girls.

The first of its kind in any school in the UK - or indeed anywhere - the focus of our St Mary's RADA course involves communication and presentation skills for the 21st Century. This course is 'tailor-made' for St Mary's, with its emphasis on the individual. Though, of course, famous for Theatre and Drama, RADA's portfolio includes the training of professionals in Law, Business, Government and Politics (even at Cabinet level!) We aim to utilise RADA expertise to promote and develop in our students the high level communication skills now regularly sought in the university and career markets.

The course is delivered by experienced St Mary's staff who undergo professional training at RADA in London and by visiting RADA experts who monitor the progress and supervise the assessment of students.

The course begins with a taster workshop with RADA practitioners. Following this, the girls are given the option to continue with the course which culminates in February with a day at RADA in London. The girls have a tour of the premises, make their final presentations (on a subject that they are passionate about) to a panel of experts and take in a show at RADA.

There are inherent advantages for the students in terms of UCAS, for example - with universities increasingly looking for ways in which to differentiate between top academic students - the experience and qualification gained from this RADA course should prove to be significant advantages. Offered to the girls in the LVI Form only, our aim is to build upon the experience and the maturity of each girl, while giving her invaluable training as she approaches her university life and professional career.

For more information on the course or how to enrol your daughter, please contact Mr Duncan Ellis, Acting Director of Drama: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.