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Mrs Cayte McCarthy, Head of Drama

Mrs McCarthy grew up in South Wales. After studying A-Levels in Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature and Psychology, she furthered her studies at University Wales Institute Cardiff where she gained a 2:1 in BA (Hons) in Secondary Education Drama with QTS. Her degree was the only course of its kind in the UK, where drama teaching was the focus; she was able to develop her teaching in a range of schools across the 4 years gaining invaluable experience. Having danced since she was 3, she has also taught dance, choreographed throughout her teaching career and has a passion for physical theatre, contemporary dance and musical theatre.



Mrs McCarthy began her teaching career by leading and developing a flourishing Performing Arts department from scratch in a Specialist Performing Arts Academy in Bristol. She then returned to teaching in South Wales where she taught in a highly successful and vibrant Performing Arts Department with excellent results. As a strong advocate of enrichment activities, she has produced a variety of well-known musicals, plays and showcases with pupils. She has been fortunate to teach many pupils who have gone on to gain places in a number of prestigious Drama Schools and Universities. She has also overseen a dynamic Media Studies department leading to her being invited to become an ‘Into Film’ teacher ambassador, where she has been able to promote the use of film in the classroom to her peers and educators in other schools. In liason with ‘Into Film’ she has been able to give pupils opportunities to participate in workshops with well-known Hollywood professionals such as actors, screenwriters and directors.

Mrs McCarthy’s goals…

My goal is to instil an enthusiasm and appreciation of Drama in all the pupils that I teach. I want to encourage them to consider the wide variety of opportunities, both on and off the stage, available to those who study Drama. My aim is that the pupils I teach at The Island Free School will become focused, confident and determined adults of the future.
Mrs McCarthy

Mrs Cayte McCarthy

Head of Drama



BA (Hons) in Secondary Education Drama with QTS – University Wales Institute Cardiff

Contact info

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