What's happening at Stagecoach?

Students star in Ordeal by Innocence

By HayleyHenderson

Students star in Ordeal by Innocence
Hayden, eight, has been going to Stagecoach Edinburgh since she was four. Luke aged nine also starred in the show and attends Stagecoach Edinburgh with Hayden. They won their first-ever acting role in the BBC TV series Ordeal by Innocence, based on an Agatha Christie book, which aired this spring. They both told us about their experiences of working on a BBC Drama. 

Kimberley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal

By HayleyHenderson

Kimberley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal
Kimberley started at Stagecoach Bury when she was 9 years old. She loved it so much that she went on to become an Early Stages Assistant, a Stagecoach Teacher and took the plunge and became a Principal of Stagecoach Bolton. Plus Kimberley is also celebrating her 30th birthday in the same year Stagecoach turns 30, so double the celebrations!

Read on to see Kimberley's Stagecoach journey. 

Carrie & David Grant Talk to Stagecoach

By HayleyHenderson

Carrie & David Grant Talk to Stagecoach
Carrie and David Grant – probably the UK’s best-known vocal coaches – have teamed up with Stagecoach! At the Teacherfest day for Principals, they shared inspiration for ways to get everyone involved – and they hope to work with students in the future…

From Student To Teacher

By Yvonne Cavalier

From Student To Teacher
What I adore most about this transition from pupil to teacher is that no matter what age or location, the Stagecoach value remains the same.
By Naomi Amelia Moore

Miriam's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal

By HayleyHenderson

Miriam's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal
Miriam started at Stagecoach Harpenden when she was 11 years old. She then went on to teach at different Stagecoach schools and now runs Stagecoach Bishops Stortford. 

Read on to see Miriam's Stagecoach journey. 

Exam Stress? Don't let your child give up their creative activities for revision

By HayleyHenderson

Exam Stress? Don't let your child give up their creative activities for revision
Dr Alison Daubney, our guest blooger and Educational Psychology Researcher says:

"The mental stress relief of taking your children out of te pressure cooker of exams study to explore creatively and freely can do more to enhance their exam performance than endlessly pressing away with more study hours." 

Read on for the full blog.

"I took part in the Aylesbury Regional Event"

By HayleyHenderson

"I took part in the Aylesbury Regional Event"

Annabelle, 11, from Stagecoach Aylesbury, shares her memories of a day performing at the Waterside Theatre for a Stagecoach Regional event run by Head Office.

Read on for Annabelle's full blog...

YoungMinds Matter

By HayleyHenderson

YoungMinds Matter
We’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with YoungMinds, the charity working towards better mental health for children and young people in the UK. YoungMinds is all about improving the well being and mental health of young people. Read on to find out what it does and how Stagecoach is getting involved.

Hayley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal

By HayleyHenderson

Hayley's Stagecoach Journey : From Student to Principal
"16 years ago my Stagecoach journey started when I joined as a student. Back then I remember being really nervous on my first day, but within minutes felt totally at home. So much so that I went and got qualified and returned as a teacher, then became Principal of Stagecoach Potters Bar which still runs at the venue every Saturday".

Read more to watch Hayley's Stagecoach journey. 

Nick's Stagecoach Student to Principal Journey

By HayleyHenderson

Nick's Stagecoach Student to Principal Journey
"I am the Principal at Stagecoach Doncaster, Sheffield Beighton and Rotherham. I was a student at Stagecoach, then became a teacher, then a Principal… and I love it".

Read more to watch Nick's video. 

"We were in the Summer Showcase!"

By HayleyHenderson

"We were in the Summer Showcase!"
The Summer Showcase is a fabulous two-week residency near London where you’ll be part of a
full-scale professional production. Working with professional choreographers, directors and a full production team, this is a fantastic experience to get a taste of being in the West End.

Further your teaching career with the ADPA

By HayleyHenderson

Further your teaching career with the ADPA
Do you want to further your teaching career? Thought of ADPA…?
Do you love the Performing Arts but don’t know what type of career path to follow? Are you looking to inspire young people through the Performing Arts?
Have you considered a career in teaching the Performing Arts? Read on for more information on how Stagecoach can help get you started on your journey…

Five ways to make a good first impression

By HayleyHenderson

Five ways to make a good first impression
Making a good first impression can carry you a long way in life, so here are some pointers to get you started...

Kristina Rihanoff's Top Tips

By HayleyHenderson

Kristina Rihanoff's Top Tips
Practice makes perfect

Kristina Rihanoff, star of Strictly Come Dancing and her own dance tours, shares what it takes to follow in her footsteps...

Developing Resilience in your Child

By HayleyHenderson

Developing Resilience in your Child
Surviving or thriving?  Making the case for the Performing Arts

Transitioning from Primary school to Secondary school, or from one year to another can have its challenges for your child.

Dr Alison Daubney, our guest blogger writes about how to help your child feel more confident in these big life transitions.

Enhancing mental wellbeing through the performing arts

By HayleyHenderson

Enhancing mental wellbeing through the performing arts
We live in an age where technology permeates our lives. For young people particularly, social media is an increasingly important form of communication. Used positively, it enhances social and emotional development.  Yet, with one in ten children suffering some form of mental health issue at any one time, most commonly anxiety, depression, self-harm and eating disorders, there is a requirement for all people working with children to understand the role of many different causes and manifestations of mental health. This article considers one area of mental health challenge – the role of social media - and explores ways in which positive engagement in performing arts can be beneficial. 

The Stagecoach Talent Agency Explained

By HayleyHenderson

The Stagecoach Talent Agency Explained
Inside our Stagecoach Talent Agency…

So, you want to perform professionally, but where do you start? Read on for all you need to know…

Stage Fright

By HayleyHenderson

Stage Fright
“Don’t put your daughter on the stage, Mrs Worthington”…or rather do!
Dr Alison Daubney, PhD
Gregory Daubney, MSc, MBPsS

Motion Capture

By HayleyHenderson

Motion Capture
Ever wonder how they make monsters and CGI beings move and fight so realistically? It’s all about ‘performance capture’, as Fight Director Lyndall Grant explains.

David's Stagecoach Journey

By HayleyHenderson

David's Stagecoach Journey
We love to see our students on their jouneys from a child blossoming into an accomplished young adult. David has just left Stagecoach at the age of 18 to a place at the prestigious Mountview Theatre Arts in London, and he has shared his 14 year Stagecoach journey with us...

UCAS System Change Explained

By HayleyHenderson

UCAS System Change Explained
The Educational landscape is ever-changing, so when examinations, qualifications, UCAS tariff points and subject/curriculum choice change, it can be confusing and overwhelming. Understanding how changes affect your future and your options is important, so here’s what you need to know. 

Your Alumni : What we do for you

By HayleyHenderson

Your Alumni : What we do for you
Since we first opened in 1988 we have seen over a million students pass through our doors. The last 28 years have been eventful to say the least! The world has seen the invention of the World Wide Web, Smartphones and tablets. In this time, the UK has worked its way through six Prime Ministers, eight Harry Potter books and a Brexit vote.

Stagecoach itself, has grown from one formidable woman holding drama, dance and singing classes in her living room in Surrey to a Head Office of 40 staff, a network of over 600 schools and 270 Principals in the UK alone, plus schools in nine other countries across the world, a talent agency and an impressive list of Alumni!

To support you even after you have left your weekly Stagecoach classes, we have put together a package of benefits for you. The Alumni is free for you to join and is here to provide you with development opportunities, networking, social events and much more. No matter what career path you have chosen or where life has taken you, here are just some of the benefits you can enjoy as a graduate of Stagecoach...

Top 10 West End Shows

By HayleyHenderson

Top 10 West End Shows
We love musicals, shows, and the West End in general! The lively atmosphere and excitement of the West End is contagious, so attending a show is always a fantastic experience to share with friends and family. We know many of you agree – your entries into our recent West End competition captured your enthusiasm for theatre.
From these entries, we’ve selected and listed our Top 10 West End shows – including snippets of our talented Stagecoach students performing them! 

Alumni Competition Winner

By HayleyHenderson

Alumni Competition Winner

To launch our new Alumni Network, we offered a competition for our past Alumni to win the chance to have a weekend at a 5-star hotel in London including Afternoon Tea and VIP tickets to the Stagecoach Charity Gala.
Charlotte Ireland, who previously attended Stagecoach Kidderminster, was chosen as our winner and she wrote us her exclusive blog on her experience...

Theatre in Education

By HayleyHenderson

Theatre in Education
As leaders within Performing Arts education, we are strongly opposed to the decline of the performing arts within the curriculum and the gap that has been created within a child's education. The Arts not only allow a creative outlet for children and young people, but it also helps improve and establish soft skills helping students in all aspects of life from teamwork, problem solving and public speaking. Skills such as these can help children during their academic life, as well as with their career goals.

Lottie’s story: Stagecoach ad star in her own words

By HayleyHenderson

Lottie’s story: Stagecoach ad star in her own words

Lottie's Story: Creative Courage for Life advert

You may have been lucky enough to catch our cinema advert on the big screen this summer before Finding Dory, The BFG, Pete's Dragon and many more family favourites.

We interviewed Lottie, aged 14 years, who starred in the advert performing her passion, dance.

Check out her experience and what Stagecoach means to her.

Harry's story: Stagecoach ad star in his own words

By HayleyHenderson

Harry's story: Stagecoach ad star in his own words

Harry's Story: Creative Courage for Life advert

Four of our students were chosen to represent Stagecoach in our first ever cinema advert which premiered on 12th August.

We heard from one of the stars on the advert, Harry, aged 13 years, who showed off his acting skills.

Lets see what he had to say about the whole experience and what his Stagecoach journey has been.

Ella's story: Stagecoach ad star in her own words

By HayleyHenderson

Ella's story: Stagecoach ad star in her own words

Ella's Story: Creative Courage for Life advert

We are so proud of all of the students who appeared in our first ever cinema advert!

They worked so hard and were so professional on the day. We absolutely loved working with our students and hearing about their Stagecoach experience and why they love it.

We interviewed our singing star of the advert, Ella, aged 14 years, from Stagecoach Braintree and here's what she had to say...

Creative Courage for Life - Our very First Cinema Advert

By HayleyHenderson

Creative Courage for Life - Our very First Cinema Advert

The story behind our Creative Courage for Life advert

As you may have noticed, Stagecoach has undergone a re-brand! Our new tagline ‘Creative Courage for Life’ is exactly what Stagecoach gives every student.

Our new cinema advert is a huge part of that rebrand - you may have already seen it before your favourite family films this summer. We’re incredibly proud of it, but most of all, we're proud of the four talented Stagecoach students who star in the advert – Minti, Ella, Harry and Lottie - as they put so much work into it.

We wanted to give our students a chance to see themselves on the big screen for the first time, to hear their inspiring stories in surround sound. It’s a unique opportunity, and the reason why we chose to create a cinema advert.

But how did we come to choose our four stars? Let's take a closer look at how we made our Creative Courage for Life advert.

Why is dance important in education?

By Elizabeth James

Why is dance important in education?

While it may not be taken as seriously as mathematics, English and history, dance teaches children a wide range of skills needed to succeed later in life, whether they choose to get a job in the arts or not.

Let’s take a look at what those skills are and why dance is so important in education.

Why I stayed at Stagecoach for 15 Years...

By Hayley Henderson

Why I stayed at Stagecoach for 15 Years...
Elly from Stagecoach Shaftesbury has been a student for over 15 years. She shared with us what Stagecoach means to her and what she has gained from her Performance Arts classes.

Why performing arts are important?

By Hayley Henderson

Why performing arts are important?

Creativity is an important tool, and yet it's not one that children always get to foster. If creativity isn't nurtured, they can often end up losing the incredible imaginations they start off with in early childhood.

Her Majesty's Theatre

By Hayley Henderson

Her Majesty's Theatre
We were treated to a spectacular night of talent at the prestigious Her Majesty's Theatre for Stagecoach Live in the West End.

Get Up & Dance Event

By Hayley Henderson

Get Up & Dance Event
Isabel from Stagecoach Huntingdon attended our exciting Get Up & Dance! Event last weekend.
Check out her blog on her jam-packed day learning different dance styles from across the globe.

Time to Take the Stage

By Harriet Davis

Time to Take the Stage
Read our latest blog written by H.Davis

First Day Nerves

By Harriet Davis

First Day Nerves
Read our latest blog written by Stagecoach parent Sarah Jones.