Drama and English

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Exeter Cathedral School
The Chantry, Palace Gate
Exeter, EX1 1HX

[email protected]
+44 (01392) 255 298


Exeter Cathedral School has a long and celebrated history of performance. To this day we believe that the skills learned and practised in Drama help pupils to acquire appropriate confidence, and that they aid the nurturing of essential social and emotional skills and the development of character.

Children across the School are encouraged to create, to pretend, to imagine, and to have the confidence to act out and perform. Our Nursery and Pre-Prep children all take part in one of our Nativity plays, and opportunities for story-telling, role-playing and imaginative play feature heavily in our EYFS and Key Stage 1 curriculum.

In the Prep School, all pupils receive Drama tuition through our Drama and English Curriculum, and Drama clubs are on offer after school to those whose appetites have been whetted. In addition, our weekly Senior Enrichment Programme allows our oldest pupils to delve into an extended Drama course: those with scholarship aspirations receive specialist tuition to help them prepare for Drama or Performing Arts scholarships to their senior school of choice.

Typical performance opportunities at Exeter Cathedral School include: whole Prep school participation in ‘Poetry by Heart’, a national competition in which we have had great success; performance evenings for Years 3 to 8; an Enrichment Drama Soiree for Years 7 and 8 and, working closely with the Music department, a biennial ‘showstopper’ for our older performers. 

Kalendar Hall (a bright and recently refurbished Music and Drama studio) is the hub for our Drama activities, and it is used for lessons, rehearsals, clubs and performances. The venue is available for hire: enquiries should be made through [email protected] 


Our teaching of English is driven by our passion and commitment to excite, challenge, engage and enthuse children with a love of literature and an interest in language.

We understand the central importance of English in relation to all subjects and endeavour to help each pupil achieve their potential. Children are encouraged to express their ideas in response to a stimulating range of literature and use language imaginatively and accurately.

We enjoy learning about English outside the classroom, too, with trips, visiting speakers, creative writing workshops, author talks, library events, book days, performers and much more.

Interested in enrolling at Exeter Cathedral School?

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the enrolment process, or simply about life at Exeter Cathedral School in general.

To find out more, please contact our Admissions Manager or enquire using the button below: [email protected] | 01392 457 072
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