Stagecoach Braintree

Julie Berridge, Principal of our Braintree School, has a wealth of experience having performed herself for many years all over the world, Julie brings her passion & love of performances to our Braintree School.

Julie and her professional team of teachers nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes, stretching young imaginations and building confidence. Open every Saturday morning during term time, at Notley High School, Stagecoach Braintree is very popular and well known to families in Essex. Children and teenagers gain confidence and self esteem while having fun training in the performing arts. It's also a great place to meet lots of new friends! With performances taking place in the fabulous Braintree Arts Theatre, this really is a great opportunity for all children to enter the world of theatre - Whether you've done anything before or whether you are completely new to the 'Theatre Arts', Stagecoach Braintree welcomes you....

Now is your chance to get involved, so call Julie now for a chat!

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Julie Berridge

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


*West End Here We Come!*

Our fabulous troupe performed their 'Totally Queen' routine recently on stage in Southend, and 'Blew Them Away' as the troupe has now been especially selected to perform at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the heart of London in Nov. They were certainly 'Under Pressure', but hopefully 'Nothing's gonna' stop them now' as they head for the West End.

'MATILDA' 5-9 Aug

This year's 5 day workshop is to be a fun musical based on the amazing hit West End show 'Matilda'. Open to all children, (6 & over), this 5 day course is full of 'Acting , Dancing & Singing', with the children working towards a performance on the Friday evening on the professional stage at Braintree Arts Theatre. Book Early - Limited places.


Is your child's evening free on a Thursday? Then why not get them doing something creative, something that challenges them and something that is fun. Our Thursday school runs at Notley High School from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, in term time, and we have a few space available this term - Why not sign up for a Two Week Trial - Contact us for details

'Hot News' - Early Stages

Due to popular demand Early Stage classes are expanding. Next term we will be running 2 Early Stage Classes on Saturday mornings - These are for our younger children and offer a great introduction to the disciplines of the theatre... 4yrs to 5yrs 9.30am - 11.00am ~ 5yrs to 6yrs 11.15 ~ 12.45. Why not sign up now for a two week trial.


Our Nationals Troupe recently performed at the 'Shaftesbury Theatre'. Their hard work and effort paid off! Stagecoach Braintree delivered their version of ‘Total Madness’ a comedy tribute to the musical ‘Our House’ We ‘Knocked ‘em dead’ – We gave them ‘comedy, laughter, singing dancing and acting’ – Showing the true versatility of our Students.


Trinity, Stagecoach's independent assessors, recently visited our school and we are delighted to say our school was given an 'Exemplary Award'. They commented that our school is "well run, motivational and fun", and our teachers are "a credit to the school" also our "students make excellent progress in all areas" - What a great accolade!

Weekly Classes

Mini Stages (for ages 2-4 yrs)

Mini Stages
Stagecoach Mini Stages (for 2 -4 year olds) 45 Minute Classes are a fun and exciting way for you and your child to actively experience the performing arts in a comfortable, relaxed and safe environment.

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)

Further Stages (for ages 15+ yrs)

Our advanced musical theatre sessions give talented students the chance to extend their performance skills.  Through in-depth training and master classes, we help students to hone their skills in singing, dancing and acting.  We also give students the confidence to audition for theatre and vocational drama schools (if that is their goal) and make sure they are well prepared for interviews and auditions. 

Fees in accordance with Main Stages.

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Julie Berridge

Julie is no stranger to Stagecoach, having opened and run Stagecoach Sudbury for 6 years from 2004-2010. Coming from a theatrical background, Julie trained as a dancer at The 'Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts' in Kent and then danced professionally for many years throughout the UK and abroad.  Alongside Stagecoach, Julie works as a dance & drama teacher and runs children's theatre workshops throughout the year.
Now entering her fourth year at Stagecoach Braintree after a very exciting, action packed three years she has taken the school to the next level and encourages as many children as possible to achieve their best in the theatre arts. With many years of experience, Julie is here to listen, help and to encourage. She has spent much time working with youngsters and looks forward to getting to know your children better.

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