BADA places participant wellbeing at the heart of what we do. This was recognised in our recent inspection where ISI concluded that BADA ‘exceeds expectations’, the highest possible designation.

  • Our Participant Welfare and Pastoral care service provides participants with the opportunity to have one-to-one, informal chats within a confidential setting.

    We offer practical support, information, advice, guidance, and a safe place to talk. If your circumstances is deemed to require professional intervention, you have access to our trained counsellor.

    We also offer:

    • Help to access medical assistance via your medical insurance (international participants)
    • Support with reasonable adjustments to training
    • Signposting to relevant external organisations

  • Donna Harris is BADA’s Programme Support and Student Welfare Officer.

    Any current programme participant who would like support, advice, guidance, or is seeking specialist services while studying at BADA should schedule an appointment with Donna.

    To schedule an appointment, send Donna an email.


  • BADA recognises the importance of a balanced lifestyle in relation to health and wellbeing. We therefore encourage our participants to:

    • Look after themselves – In order to achieve a balanced lifestyle, you must make sure you are healthy
    • Be organised
    • Get enough sleep
    • Eat well
    • Be active (according to ability)
    • Ask for help and advice
    • Form a healthy network of friends


    Eight Tips for Healthy Eating (NHS)

    How to Have a Balanced Lifestyle

  • Participants on BADA’s courses come from different faiths, culture and ethnic origins.

    We do not currently have prayer rooms on-site at BADA, however there are many places of worship with the local area.

    Places of Worship near BADA in London

    Western Marble Arch Synagogue (Orthodox)
    Great Cumberland Place, W1

    West London Synagogue (Reform)
    Seymour Place, W1

    The American Church in London (Interdenominational)
    79 Tottenham Court Road, W1

    Masjid Al-Rahman Mosque
    Godwin Court, 78 Crowndale Rd, NW1

    꿈이있는교회 (God’s Vision Church) (Korean Language service)
    30 Eastcastle St, W1

    HTB (Anglican)
    44 Onslow Square, SW7

    Visit https://humanists.uk for upcoming Humanist lectures or meetings.

    Places of Worship near BADA in Oxford

    Click here for a list of places of worship in the Oxford area

  • Counselling in Oxford

    Participants in Oxford should contact the BADA office for information on counselling services.

    Counselling in London (LTP)

    Students studying on the London Theatre Program have access to our counsellor, Polly Teale, who offers live  sessions via Zoom.

    Counselling offers students an opportunity to share in a supportive, confidential, non-judgmental space.

    You don’t need to be in crisis to come, just open to discovering more about yourself. This is an opportunity look at the fears and obstacles we can face, to gain understanding, and explore ways to grow.

    At the end of your first session, you and Polly will decide together what support would be most useful.

    About Polly

    Polly has an MA in Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education (Distinction). She works in drama schools and believes that psychological understanding can deeply enrich the student’s practice, as well as supporting creative freedom, personal growth, and resilience. Her work encourages students to value difference by becoming curious about how we are shaped by our own history, culture and by bigger systems. This empathic understanding is brought to the rehearsal process encouraging psychologically informed, deeply embodied character exploration.

    For more information about Polly and her work, visit her website: https://www.pollytealetherapy.co.uk/