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

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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.


The summer holidays brought with it a fabulous show. Our interpretation of this hugely popular film was the subject of our fun Summer Workshop this year and it really was the 'Greatest Workshop' - Culminating in a show at Braintree arts Theatre, the children had a fabulous week, singing, dancing & acting..... We can't wait for next year!


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


Our 'BRAND NEW' class is now well established, (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!


Last term was 'SHOW TERM' for our Thursday School. Well done to you all for the hard work and effort that went into our 'Mamma's Here' production and how fantastic was it to be 'live' on the stage, with lights, sound and a great audience. A fun evening for all.

*Braintree in Regionals*

We are delighted, Stagecoach Braintree, has been specially selected to take part in next year's Stagecoach' Regional presentation. A troupe of 20 successful students from Stagecoach will travel to Southend to perform a group piece on stage in front of a packed audience. This is open to all students in the schools, aged 8 years and over.


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)

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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