It seemed as though I spent much of last week watching a school production of West Side Story.
It’s a good production for students because it is about exactly the age group that populates the senior end of school and the dramatic tension is focused on what it is to be young.
Its first performance was in 1957, but the themes of racism, sexism, street violence, generational tension and young passion are as relevant today as ever.
But whatever the choice of play, school drama is an amazing experience for everyone. It draws in not only young people who enjoy the process of performance, but also those who want to learn about and use their technological skills in a highly creative and functional way.
The demands of lighting, sound, set and costume design give young people an opportunity that nothing else in their education offers.
When the English, maths and science lessons have long faded from the memory, it is the intensity of the emotions that swirl around the exacting demands of a school production that will remain.
So you would think that any policy worth its salt would treasure drama as central to what education should be about.
But no. Drama, along with the other performing arts, are not part of the Ebacc that the Department for Education is peddling as the answer to all educational ills. Creative artists from every quarter are rising in protest but the official position currently remains unchanged.
There are already statistics showing drama is being cut in state schools.
Funding for students wanting to become drama teachers is going to be non-existent. Although school plays do not necessarily depend on drama professionals, that is in reality where the expertise and know-how actually lies.
A state sector with few drama or music teachers and little curriculum time given to those subjects will be an emaciated spectre.
It will not grow the professional creative artists of the future but just as importantly, it will be unable to give children without great performance potential, fabulous opportunities to work together to produce a multi-faceted show of which every single one of them can be proud.
Think again Mr Gove.
There is more to school than fact, fact, fact.
* Sarah Evans, Principal, King Edward VI High School for Girls