Stagecoach Croydon

A warm welcome to Stagecoach Performing Arts Croydon!
We provide high quality part-time training in the Performing Arts for children aged 4 - 18yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes - stretching young imaginations and building confidence.
At Stagecoach Performing Arts Croydon, we promise to give our students the creative courage to embrace life and make the most of their talents and opportunities. As a leading body in the performing arts industry, we will nurture and inspire every child who joins us. We will keep them safe and give them the courage to be themselves. Your child will learn how to sing, dance and act while developing a broad range of life skills.

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Rachel Betts

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

Meet The Team


Join us this Spring!

Our Summer term is booking fast. Our Main School (6-15 years) will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary, our Early Stages (4-6 years) will be doing a performance for parents and our Further Stages (15-18 years) will be staging a show! Scroll down to apply online or email us to find out more information or be added to our waiting list!

Summer Camps 2018

We're running another sensational Summer holiday workshop for children aged 4-18 at Croydon High School from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August. In recent years our workshops have sold out months in advance so it's good to book early. Scroll down to book your place!


Stagecoach Croydon is delighted to announce that we have been awarded 'Outstanding' and are in the top 5% of Stagecoach Schools across the UK for our leadership, customer focus, creative learning and how we work with our students and parents! We are over the moon to receive this award!

Are you aged 15-18?

We now run a professional company for 15-18s called Further Stages. This is for you if you have a passion for singing, dance and drama and want to perform for fun or professionally. We stage two performances a year with a friendly, dedicated, driven and passionate group of students. Come and join us for a two week trial? We'd love to welcome you!

Stagecoach turns 30!

This year Stagecoach is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and we are delighted that our talented student Samuel (pictured) was selected from over 600 Stagecoach schools to be part of the national advertising campaign!

Perform in the West End!

Come and join us for opportunities to perform at Her Majesty's and Shaftesbury Theatre! Last year 40 students made their West End debut and we have exciting opportunities to perform with us in June and November 2018!

For our youngest...

We believe in offering big opportunities to our youngest students! Here are our Early Stages performing in a National Stagecoach Showcase at The Cresset Theatre in Peterborough! These events support confidence, conviction and self belief and are loved by students, teachers and parents!

World Record Attempt

To celebrate our 30th Anniversary we will be attempting to break a Guinness World Record with Stagecoach Schools across the UK performing the same performance at the same time on the same day! We'll be performing Beauty and the Beast Junior and would love to have you as part of this event!

Weekly Classes

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 - Rachel Betts

Rachel graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a first class honours degree in drama and theatre and later went on to achieve a Masters with distinction in Applied Theatre. Since then she has become a lecturer on the Royal Holloway 'Theatre in Education' course where students visit local schools to create theatre projects with teachers and children. In 2006 Rachel set up Patchwork Theatre to run drama workshops in schools, hospitals and community settings and create exciting, imaginative theatre with young people. This stems from a passion to embed the arts alongside the curriculum and a belief in the potential of drama to develop young people's confidence and communcation skills. She has led drama projects internationally in the townships of South Africa and India and has worked extensively across the UK as a drama practitioner for the Creative Partnerships. Rachel's aspiration for Stagecoach Croydon is that it is buzzing, inspirational environment in which the students feel encouraged to reach their full potential whether they are coming to develop confidence, make friends or with a professional performing arts career in their sights.

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