Performing Arts

“Theatre should enable the mind and uplift the spirit” – Konstantin Stanislavski

At Bower Park Academy, we pride ourselves on providing a comprehensive classical and contemporary curriculum to instil the demands of the GSCE. With a strong focus on oracy, every student has one drama lesson per week during Years 7 – 9. In this time, the department aims to build transferable life skills such as confidence, creative thinking and independent learning. We aim to cultivate a love of the arts through a variety of thought-provoking and imaginative work, encouraging both students’ creativity and reflection.

During Key Stage 4, students will 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, equipping them with the skills and knowledge for further study of the performing arts.

Our drama classes include:

  • Improvisation and devising
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre practitioners: Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Berkoff.
  • Verbatim theatre
  • Script work: Noughts and Crosses, DNA, Antigone, Macbeth.
  • Exploring physicality and character development
  • Rehearsal techniques

All classes are delivered by a dynamic and dedicated teaching team.

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
  • Auditions for the National Youth Theatre
  • Casting and film opportunities
  • Havering College 
  • West End shows
  • Bronze Arts Award

Miss R Walsh, Drama Department
If you wish to contact me, my email address is

A reputation for exceptional music

Bower Park Academy attracts gifted musicians who are continually impressed by the opportunities to perform choral, instrumental and chamber music at a high standard.

All students arriving at Bower Park are given the opportunity to learn a new instrument. If they already play an instrument, they are encouraged to continue with their studies in school, or take up another orchestral instrument to learn. The programme of extra-curricular music fits snuggly around the academic and sporting life of the school, allowing students to excel in a number of fields.

Students are able to perform in public at every stage of their musical development and, importantly, performance in recitals is not restricted to the extremely talented. The most able student can develop as soloists, whilst students in the initial stages of learning an instrument can also be appreciated for their efforts. Participation at every level is what makes music at Bower Park so exciting.

Our performance spaces are good and the department is generously resourced. Students can benefit from our large programme of musical events, which includes visits to concerts, recitals and visits to local care homes. The department has a strong choral foundation, and all students are encouraged to sing for performances in and out of school. We are particularly proud of all the community-based singing that students do to raise money for charities such as St Francis Hospice. 

The music department at Bower Park is vibrant and supportive, and gives students the opportunity to excel, whatever their level.

Mr M Crawford

Head of Music.

If you wish to contact me, my email address is

Draft Portfolio – Key Moments

Useful Links



Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject. At Bower Park Academy we have an energetic and creative dance department, working closely with Kings Academy we offer a wide range of after school clubs for all. We provide students with various opportunities to perform in shows, such as High Flyers, GLEE, Kings Academy shows, Bower Stock and Dance Showcases.

Students have the opportunity to choose dance at GCSE level. During the course, students study:

  • Six professional dance works
  • Learn three contemporary set phrases choreographed by AQA.
  • Various methods of choreography
  • Experience various technique classes in various styles

Course Breakdown:

Component 1: Performance and Choreography – 60% of GCSE

Performance – 30% of GCSE.

40 marks (15 marks for set phrases and 25 marks for duet/trio performance)

• Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)

• Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)

Choreography – 30% of GCSE. 40 marks

• Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes).

How it’s assessed

Internally marked and externally moderated

Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA

Component 2: Dance Appreciation – 40% of GCSE.

What’s assessed

• Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills

• Critical appreciation of own work

• Critical appreciation of professional works

How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes. 80 marks


Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

Dance can help develop student’s confidence, creativity and leadership skills. However, careers which particularly require dance are: Professional Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Physical Therapist and Dance Medical Specialist.

Miss M. Freer

Head of Dance

If you wish to contact me, my email address is

Useful links:

AQA | Dance anthology 

AQA | Teaching guide: Set phrases 

AQA | Command words

AQA | Subject specific vocabulary