Shenfield High School

Performing Arts Academy

Led by outstanding staff with many years of professional industry experience, the Shenfield Performing Arts Academy provides an enjoyable, safe environment where students are able to express themselves, develop their communication skills, explore issues in the world around them and improve their artistic talent. Teachers provide expert training in their specialisms which can include Musical Theatre, Acting, Dance, Singing and Theatre in the Community. Extensive training is given to students who show a desire to work in the arts.  To gain a place students do need to audition and ideally are required to be studying A-Level Drama and Theatre Studies as part of an A-Level programme, or BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts. That said, if a student chooses a different pathway for their studies which does not feature Drama or Performing Arts, they may audition for a place in the Shenfield Performing Arts Academy to accompany their academic studies.

The Performing Arts Academy membership will offer:

  • Performing in a Professional Theatre, or taking part in a Theatre Festival.
  • Coaching/directing opportunity within  the school
  • Community drama – working with local primary school children using drama to inspire and educate
  • Skills specialism workshops
  • Drama school audition technique
  • Casting opportunities and final showcase
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Performing Arts Awards Evening

Students who are a part of the Shenfield Performing Arts Academy can also be recognised by the uniform that they wear, enabling them to feel comfortable with the physical demands of the Academy:

Performing Arts T Shirt in Black. Plain Black Loose Jogging bottoms, no logos or discreet logos – i.e. small Nike tick etc. Girls may wear dance/yoga pants – NO LEGGINGS. Plain Black zip Jacket (No Hooded Jumpers) Girls may wear a plain black cardigan. White or Black Trainers – No loud colours or patterns.

Students who are in the Academy have access to the following opportunities:

  • To work with students you do not study with
  • To develop your acting skills alongside your academic courses
  • To develop your understanding of theatrical style and genre
  • To explore improvisation techniques
  • To learn professional acting techniques
  • To work with professional practitioners
  • To create new and original drama
  • To perform to audiences
  • To explore original writing

Entry to the Shenfield Performing Arts Academy is based on the achievement of the requisite grades for the A-Level or the BTEC Level 3 Programme, subject course requirements and an audition.


Performing Arts Academy

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Performing Arts Academy


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