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 ‘Performing Arts’ 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 Thursday after school and Saturday mornings during term time at Notley High School in Braintree.

With us children and teenagers gain confidence and self-esteem while having fun training in the ‘Performing Arts’. Stagecoach is also a great place to meet lots of new friends. With live 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 all.

Now is your chance to get involved; why not call Julie 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.


And we're back....!

WE ARE BACK AT NOTLEY HIGH SCHOOL!..... Summer Term started in April and will close at the beginning of July - Thank you Boris! We re-start in September with spaces available in the following classes.. Main School 12+ yrs & Further Stages 14+ Yrs - Saturday mornings (10am to 1pm) 3 hours of Acting, Singing & Dance


Thursday's are also back at Notley High School and yes, we do have some places available in our Thursday school... 4.30 to 7.30pm (6 to 18 year olds) ***** STOP PRESS ***** Brand new 'Early Stages' Class starting Thursdays - 4.30 to 6pm.. (4 to 6 year olds) - A perfect introduction to singing, dancing and acting.

Summer Workshop is back!!

Finally some ‘live theatre’ experience for children aged 6 to 18. This year’s Summer Workshop takes place on stage at Braintree Arts Theatre. We offer a 5-day course of Acting, Dancing and Singing. A fun week for all children to enjoy live theatre, make friends and gain confidence in a professional theatre environment. Love theatre, love this!

Hitting The West End...

We did it...Stagecoach Braintree made it to the West End... We are delighted to announce that our 'Nationals' Troupe were invited to perform in the Stagecoach Showcase at the incredible Adelphi Theatre in London's West End. What a night it was as our team 'Wowed' the judges with our version of Beauty & The Beast in seven minutes.


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!

'MATILDA' Summer Workshop

Last year's 5 day Summer Workshop saw a bunch of our students tackle the amazing Roald Dahl musical 'Matilda'. We had great fun performing to packed houses in Braintree Arts Theatre, even though we had a bunch of 'Revolting Children' - This Year's Workshop to be announce soon....

** Early Stages **

Our Early Stage classes are now better than ever, running on Sat mornings and now on Thurs afternoon for our younger children, offering a great introduction to the disciplines of the theatre... Saturdays ~ 9.00 to ~ Thursdays ~ 4.30 to 6pm. Why not sign up now for a two week trial. Developing young personalities.

Star Teacher Nomination

Congratulations must go to our fabulous Drama Teacher, Lindsay Harding, after she was invited to a Star Studded London event, after being nominated as The Most Outstanding ‘Drama Teacher’ in the Stagecoach year end awards. We are very proud of Lindsay's achievement and delighted she is teaching for us.

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Stagecoach Early Stages
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)

Stagecoach Main Stages
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)

Stagecoach Further Stages
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 eighth year at Stagecoach Braintree 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 working with children and young adults Julie is here to listen, help and to encourage.


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