13+ Drama Awards

The Ondaatje Hall, a purpose built theatre, provides the home for the very popular drama department. Pupils study drama as part of the whole school curriculum and they are provided with a rich and diverse experience of the historical, cultural and practical aspects of drama. Drama classes are taught in the specially equipped teaching spaces by staff, who are either subject specialists in their own right, or who have undertaken additional training in the teaching of drama.

Students are taught the skills involved in different aspects of drama. The art of the playwright, director, designer, technician and critic is as much part of the students’ experience as the art of the actor. Every possible opportunity to invite professionals into the school is taken and every student is given the opportunity to make at least one visit to a theatre at each stage of the curriculum. There are at least two major school productions per year, one for the lower school and one for the upper school and there are many other opportunities to take part in performance work.

The aim of the department is for pupils to enjoy engaging critically and practically with a range of drama at a high level and to produce excellent performance work in which the whole school may share.

Past pupils have carried on to take Drama at University and to study acting at many of the major drama schools including RADA, Guildford School of Acting, Guild Hall, and the Hollywood School of Acting.

Selection Procedure

Assessment is made by interview and observation of practical performance skills. Candidates should prepare in advance, a short monologue of no more than two minutes. They will be seen individually for a further 5-10 minutes. Finally, candidates will be interviewed by the Head of Drama.

Successful Candidates

The successful candidate(s) will have demonstrated the skilful use of body and voice to characterise a role or roles and the ability to work creatively with others. They should demonstrate genuine interest in the subject and the determination to succeed, and they will be expected to continue studying the subject until GCSE level.

Value of Awards

The value of these awards is up to 25% of the chosen entry designation.

Peter Blundell Foundation Bursaries

We are fortunate to be able to offer means tested Foundation Bursaries to successful award applicants, whose parents need financial assistance in order to send their son or daughter to Blundell’s. With these bursaries, the Governors wish to reflect the spirit of Peter Blundell’s vision. Applications for any of the award categories must be accompanied by a notarised Statement of Financial Means form (available from the Registrar’s Office). 

For further information please contact Mrs T Frankpitt: -

Tel: 01884 232310
Email: t.frankpitt@blundells.org


13+ Scholarships & Awards


Current Information (PDF)
More detailed scholarship information is available in the Current Information PDF document.