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.

Meet The Team



We are delighted to announce that Stagecoach Braintree is getting bigger. In January our brand new 'Thursday Evening' Stagecoach opened at Notley High School from 4.30pm - 7.30pm. The Thursday school is a roaring success and the children are having a great time. Why not sign up now for a two week trial.


This term is 'SHOW TERM' for our Thursday School. Thursday 5th July is show day - When students from 'Braintree Thursday' will present a workshop show, based on 'Mamma Mia' - Our version of the fabulous West End musical with all of those 'singalong Abba hits


Stagecoach Braintree Announces their ‘2018 Summer Workshop’........... "THE GREATEST WORKSHOP" ~6th to 10th August A 5 day musical theatre workshop, for children from 6 to 18. Our workshop is open to Stagecoach and non Stagecoach students & is packed full of acting, dancing and singing. Our 5 days culminate in a 'live' show. BOOK NOW!


Our 'BRAND NEW' class has now started, from 9.30am-10.15am on Saturdays, for 2-4 year olds accompanied by their mums or dads or both! The class runs for 45 minutes. All children, particularly this age group learn through movement, imagination, creativity and curiosity and our' Mini Stages' classes allow children to experience all of these!


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.


Sign up for a two week trial. A fantastic way to try out all the classes and see what we do! The Spring term is now underway, but we do have limited space. Places are limited, so secure your place now! Please call Julie, 01376 743788 for more information.

Carnival Time - 9th June

Once again, Stagecoach Braintree has been invited to take part in the Carnival Procession. This fun afternoon is open to all students (Thursdays and Saturdays) Why not join us as we walk with the carnival through the town centre. (Note: students under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult) Sign up with Julie if you wish to take part


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)

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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