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!

Principal James Barker

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


NEW Highworth Workshops

We are delighted to announce that in addition to the workshops we offer in Faringdon, we will NOW be offering Holiday Workshops in HIGHWORTH. We will offer fun workshops for the 4 to 18 year olds in all three major holidays, Christmas, Easter and Summer. Please scroll down for more information. NON Stagecoach students welcome!

Early Stages Show Term

Spring Term is SHOW TERM in Early Stages. We will be working on a presentation called 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. This beautiful story will showcase all children in singing, dancing and acting. At core the story is about friendship, acceptance and tolerance, which is perfect for our 4 to 6 year olds. Don't delay enrol for a two week trial today!

6 to 8 y/o in Highworth

NEW NEW NEW! We are thrilled to announce that we are opening a 90 MINUTE Main Stages school in Highworth for the 6 to 8 year olds on a Thursday from 4:45pm to 6:15pm. For more information about how that works and help with a TWO WEEK TRIAL call James on 01367 240663

Faringdon Bond Term

SPRING TERM is SKILLS TERM in Faringdon! Our Main Stage students will be using Bond and Spys as inspiration for our term. In addition to lots of Singing, Dancing and Drama we will also be offering a 'Create your own Bond Movie Trailer', 'Prosthetic Make Up Day', 'Stage Combat' and a 'Diamonds are Forever Parents Demo'!

Highworth Spring Showterm

Ahoy, Me Hearties! The Spring Term is SHOW TERM in Main Stages 6 to 18 year olds (Highworth) and we will be presenting a show called 'Heart of the Seas' which is our version of Pirates of the Caribbean! Shiver Me Timbers, this is going to be our BEST show term EVER!

Incredible Performances

We are really excited to announce that students from Stagecoach Faringdon and Highworth (Main Stage and Further Stages) have been invited to sing before the match to a 60,000 plus crowd at the iconic Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, for the annual big game between the Saracens vs Harlequins on Saturday 28th March 2020. Ask James for more details

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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