Stagecoach Faringdon and Highworth

A very big welcome to Stagecoach Faringdon and Highworth! We believe that the whole world is a stage and the skills children learn at Stagecoach Faringdon and Highworth will help them at school, university and in their future careers.  We provide children with the opportunity to participate in all three performing arts disciplines - drama, dance and singing - helping to develop confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation - as well as being educational and lots of fun.

For more information or to reserve your place, get in touch today!

Childcare vouchers accepted

Principal James Barker

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

Meet The Team



We're thrilled to announce that we are opening TWO BRAND NEW Early Stages classes next term (4 to 6 year olds). Wednesday at the Faringdon Community Collage at 4:15pm and Thursday at the Highworth Community Centre at 4:00pm. That means we have two now in Highworth one starting at 4:00pm and one starting at 4:30pm! Don't delay book today!

NEW 2019 - Direct Debit

Ask about our new GoCardless Direct Debit payment option. It is ONLY £9 a week for our 90 minute Early Stages session (4 to 6 year olds) OR £19 a week for our 3 hour Main Stages session (6 to 18 years old). Sibling discounts apply when you have two or more siblings in Main Stages.


We are thrilled to announce that we are officially WORLD RECORD HOLDERS! Congratulations to all of our incredible students, parents and teachers for all your hard work and support! We smashed it, you ROCK!


This action-packed 1 day workshop will bring the best of the West End to the heart of Faringdon! Absolutely no experience is necessary, this course is suitable for the total novice through to those that live and breathe the musicals! There will be something for all tastes as we cram SO much musical theatre, drama, dance and singing into one day!

Early Stages Summer Term

During the Summer Term our Early Stages students (4 to 6 years) will be jumping onboard our imaginary Cruise Ship to sail the seven seas! Our young ‘Ship Mates’ will be celebrating the music, dance & theatre in some of the most exciting ports of call in the world! Rio De Janeiro, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Mykonos, Liverpool & Cape Town

Main Stages Summer Term

Time travel will be our Main Stages inspiration for our Demo term (Faringdon). In SINGING we will be travelling back to come incredible decades of music, in DANCE we will be dancing through the ages from the Charleston to Street dance and in DRAMA we will be bumping into some famous and infamous characters (think Horrible Histories)

Main Stages Summer Term

The Summer Term is SHOWTERM for our Main Stage students (Highworth ONLY) and this term we are doing Matilda the Musical - The show is scheduled for Thursday 18th July! For more information on how you can enrol for our two week trial call James on 01367 240663

Further Stage Summer Term

Next term our Further Stages students will be participating in our annual 'Season of Plays' and after much discovery would like to work with the students on Williams Shakespeare's The Tempest. We will also be preparing for our Stagecoach Summer Festival. Further Stages will be leading three sections including Abba, Spice Girls and Bert Bacharach

Stagecoach Summer Fest

We are thrilled to announce that we have managed to negotiate exclusive use of BUSCOT PARK on SUNDAY 7th JULY to host the very first STAGECOACH SUMMER FEST and PICNIC. This is part of the Summer Term, ALL students from ALL age groups are welcome to participate in this family event. Ask James for more details.

Summer Term - Sign Up NOW

To find out more about how you can be involved in LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) speak to Principal James Barker. Stagecoach Faringdon has a 100% pass rate, with many of our students passing with merits and distinctions.


Summer Holiday - Show in a Week - NOW AVAILABLE! We would like to welcome all of the 6 to 18 year olds can participate in 'Hair Spray Jr' - 12th to 16th Aug 2019 (10am to 4pm). From £36.00 a day - Parents Presentation on Fri 16th August at 4pm - Sibling Discount Applies - Childcare Vouchers accepted - No Experience Required - Details below


Moana inspired workshop for the 4 to 6 years. Non Stagecoach students welcome as well as some of our more experienced STARS for this fun workshop, jam packed with singing, dance and drama! VERY Limited space available - BOOK TODAY!

Childcare Vouchers

Stagecoach Faringdon is now registered with Ofsted, which means we can now accept Childcare Vouchers for all our TERM TIME CLASSES and HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS. We hope that this will help many more children access our school. Please contact Principal James Barker for more for more information.

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)

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

Themed Children's Parties

Birthdays & Celebrations

We understand that with the increasing demands on parents, juggling the pressures of work and family life, time is of the essence. Therefore Stagecoach Parties provide a way to remove the stress from what should be a day of celebration for everyone and allow you to sit back, relax and let us do all the work! Whether they want to be fairies, pirates or detectives, there is a Stagecoach Party for everyone!

Meet The Team

Principal - James Barker

James has spent the last 21 years in entertainment, he started as an ‘all singing and all dancing’ Butlin’s Redcoat, in Bognor Regis which was an excellent foundation to build his career.
From there he went to sea to work for Princess Cruises hosting daytime and evening activities including ballroom dance classes, line dance classes and gameshows. After one year he was promoted to Deputy Cruise Director and shortly thereafter to Cruise Director. James was responsible for the day to day smooth running of the Entertainment Department, which included hosting live TV shows and theatre productions. He operationally led a team of 120 performers including singers, dancers, production crew, bands, acts, DJ’s, youth and cruise staff. He was very privileged to be the inaugural Cruise Director on several brand new cruise ships during his time with Princess Cruises.
James more recently has been working on ‘dry land’ as Director of Entertainment for Warner Leisure Hotels. He was responsible for the Entertainment at all the Warner properties throughout the UK. He was responsible for the strategic planning and brand direction of the entertainment offer. His proudest moment at Warner was collaborating with the National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to create bespoke shows that would normally only be available at the Royal Albert Hall.

James, his partner and their two children love living in Faringdon and are proud to be part of the local community. James is a warm people person, who loves to make a big difference to his team and students. He has bags of creativity to build a strong syllabus that will be fun, educational, stimulating and rewarding.
James is excited to start inspiring Creative Courage for Life in his new students.

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