Stagecoach Bearsted

A warm welcome to Stagecoach Bearsted. We provide high quality training in Singing, Drama and Dance for children aged 4-18 years.

Along with a strong Performance curriculum, Stagecoach supports important life skills, enhancing confidence and communication in your child’s future.

Our aim is to provide a high standard learning environment that nurtures student growth and potential – becoming the best that they can be! 

Childcare vouchers accepted

Principal Shane Nippard

Your child is in safe hands. All of our Team are Enhanced DBS checked.

Meet The Team


Term Dates

Spring Term 2019 at Stagecoach Bearsted ends Sat 30th March. Summer Term 2019 begins Sat 27th Apr and ends Sat 13th July.

Two Week Trial

Try Singing, Dancing & Acting Classes! Children aged 4 - 18 yrs old are welcome to try our two week trial – a great way to settle in and discover all that Stagecoach has to offer. A two week trial costs £25 for Early Stages (4-6 year olds) and £50 for Main Stages (6-18 year olds) - enrol below.

Early Stages - Wonderland

Spring term 2019, Early Stages students will be journeying through Alice in Wonderland! Jump down the rabbit hole, drink tea with the Mad Hatter, and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts.

Main Stages - Screencoach

Stagecoach takes you to the big (and little) screen! Spring term 2019, we will be teaching students to make their own films and music videos. As this is our Skills term, we will also be bringing in specialist workshops from Eastenders script producer Kris Green, Special Effects stylist Catherine Legg and Casting Agent Mark Pettit!

Dance Troupe

In September 2018 we launched our 'Stagecoach Bearsted Dance Troupe'! Experienced students are invited to join in specialist rehearsals and workshops, working towards public performances throughout the year.

Disneyland 2019

We are so excited to be taking our students to Disneyland Paris July 2019, where they will sing in front of the Disneyland castle and perform in the Main Street pre-parade! There are still last minute spaces available, so drop us an email to join.

Childcare Vouchers

We accept Childcare Vouchers as payment! Childcare vouchers are an employee benefit for all eligible working parents. You can exchange childcare vouchers from your salary, tax-free and exempt from National Insurance contributions. Because of this, you can make savings of up to £933 a parent, a year.

LAMDA Examinations

In Spring 2019, we will be offering LAMDA Performance exams to Stagecoach students. 1-to-1 coaching will be offered throughout the term, and exams will take place towards the end of March. Develop Confidence, Improve Communication, Gain Qualifications!

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama, so it is an easy step when it is time to transfer to the next stage.

(90 minutes each week)

Main Stages (for ages 6-18 yrs)

Main Stages classes are split in three age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channelling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. We believe in the potential of every child!

(3 hrs each week)

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Shane Nippard

Shane is a highly qualified and experienced teaching practitioner. With a Masters degree, a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and Qualified Teaching Status, he has been providing the highest standards of Performing Arts education for a number of years.

Shane has worked in both Primary and SEND sectors, as well as Higher and Further Education. His involvement with the Stagecoach network has also enabled him to lead a team of teachers, successfully running a school in Maidstone.

As an Actor, Shane trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, going on to work in Theatre, Screen and Voice Over. His work on short film ‘The Wire’ won the Film Bounty award in 2014 and he was featured in Equity Magazine for his contribution to ‘The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ documentary in 2015. Shane continues to work in the industry and encourages similar opportunities for his students.

With his strong knowledge and practice, Shane is a passionate believer in creating confidence in children and young people. He looks forward to providing this at Stagecoach Bearsted and providing Creative Courage for Life.

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