Performing Arts

Performing Arts


At Bower Park Academy, we pride ourselves on providing an exciting, engaging and current drama education that helps prepare young people for their futures. Every student has one drama lesson per week during Years 7 – 9. In this time, the department aims to build confidence and increase presentational skills, with a strong focus on consolidating the basic techniques required as an actor, as well as preparing students for the elements required at GCSE.

During KS4, students study WJEC GCSE Drama. Over the two-year course, students will participate in both practical and written workshops designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of acting and the technical elements involved in live theatre.

Our drama classes include:
  • Improvisation and devising
  • Script work: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Ivan and the Dogs, DNA
  • Exploring physicality and character development
  • Rehearsal techniques

All classes are delivered by a dynamic and dedicated teaching team: Mrs K Lechmere (Head of Drama), Miss C Millard (Head of Performing Arts), Mr E Aylett (Assistant Principal and drama teacher)

Extra-Curricular activities

Running parallel to the department is the vast array of enrichment and ‘out of hours learning’ opportunities that our drama department offers. Opportunities include:

  • The chance to take LAMDA exams
  • The opportunity to perform in school plays
  • KS3 drama club
  • Glee Club and the annual Glee Extravaganza
  • Theatre trips
  • New York performing arts trip
  • Young Americans – workshops delivered by young professionals
  • Auditions for the National Youth Theatre
  • Casting and film opportunities
  • Italia Conti tours and workshops
  • Havering College
  • West End shows
  • Bronze Arts Award


Mrs K. Lechmere, Head of Drama


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Comments by former students:

“Drama allowed me to escape the limitations of secondary school academia and explore the creativity crafted by generations of amalgamated cultures and societies. Becoming someone or something else developed my self-discipline and being able to afflict emotions onto an audience raised my self-esteem and confidence as a person.”

Kai Wellington- Ex Student

“I love acting and I loved working with different people and discovering new ways to create drama, because I had a good teacher.”

Melyssa Cattell – Ex Student

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Bower Park’s very own ‘Bands Project’

Do you want to learn an instrument? Perform in a band? Make new friends?

Bands Project gives you the opportunity to do just that!

It costs just £3 per week.

Private music lessons run on Tuesdays. Guitar, voice, violin, drums, piano….. and many more!

Pick up a letter from the Performing Arts Department.

Our Performing Arts Department has held numerous productions, performances and shows. The Glee show last December raised over £1500 for the school hall fund. Not only are our productions well attended by the community, but the students’ progress is above the national average. Students’ love of learning in the performing arts is amazing. We have students featuring in Hollywood films, the National Youth Theatre, TV series and community projects with Havering College, plus we organise theatre trips, New York trips and work for a local charity filming their mental health workshop videos. The Performing Arts Department staff make every effort to allow students the opportunity to aspire to be the best they can.

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