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 walshr@bowerpark.co.uk

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 crawfordm@bowerpark.co.uk

Draft Portfolio – Key Moments

Useful Links

Information