Stagecoach Faringdon

Welcome to Stagecoach Performing Arts Faringdon. 
 
Our dynamic and experienced team of teachers and industry professionals specialise in singing, dance, drama, performance and stagecraft.
 
Our mission as a team is to create an environment of fulfilment, where children can enrich their childhood in a safe and fun space, perform and be proud of their contribution, no matter what their skills level. We encourage them to ask for help and embrace their differences. We always work as one team, a group of friends and Stagecoach family.  All students are taught in groups of 18 or less. 
 
If your child is looking for a career in the performing arts this is an excellent foundation for further education. On the other hand, if they don't want to pursue a career in the arts their time at Stagecoach will not be wasted. They will learn life skills which, as young adults, will enable them to walk into an interview, shake someone's hand with confidence, and maybe even present in public. If they have the ability to bring a story to life and confidently present themselves on those occasions, they will succeed in whatever life throws at them. 
 
If you have a confident singing, dancing diva at home or a child who would benefit from a boost in confidence, we would love to welcome your family for a two-week trial.  We often find during the trial, children realise they found 'their people' and they start to build life-long friendships. 

Principal James Barker BA Hons Drama

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


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Summer Performance Picnic

This summer term we will be working towards our Summer Performance Picnic at Buscot Park. We will be celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubliee and the Music that Influenced her reign. All students of all ages will get a performance opportunity of the lifetime, to perform on a real festival stage in from of their families at this exclusive event

Summer Workshops 4-6 y/o

At Stagecoach we have years of experience in delivering high-quality, fun performing arts lessons to children and teenagers. Our professional team of teacher and role models work with each student to improve their confidence in singing, dancing and acting before giving them a suitable role to play in a parent presentation for their family

Summer Holiday Workshops

Children and Teenagers can make friends, have fun and develop some great new skills at our fabulous Stagecoach Holiday Workshops. These two Holiday Workshops are designed for 7 to 18-year-olds. At the end of their time with us, our students will join together to showcase their new-found singing, acting and dancing skills to family and friends.

Autumn Register NOW OPEN

It's more than just singing, dance & drama, we help students develop the creative courage to unlock their potential, to stand up & be heard, to work well with other students, and to embrace new ideas and possibilities. As they put their new skills into practice, students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable & imaginative.

NEW Mini Stages 2-4 y/o

All singing, dancing & role play. We support children to have the knowledge & skills they need to start school, whilst growing in confidence & making new friends Grown-ups get to spend time with like-minded parents, whilst building a network of local support (it’s not just for kids)! Fully compliant with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage).

Stagecoach has TALENT!

We're thrilled to announce that we will be using TV Talent Shows as inspiration for our Main Stages Autumn term. We are also SUPER EXCITED to say that we will be joined by STRICTLY PROFESSIONAL JOANNE CLIFTON, who will be hosting a workshop, please note there is no additional cost, our Strictly workshop is all included within your stagecoach fees.

Panto at the Palladium

We are thrilled to to announce that we have managed to negotiate a GROUP DISCOUNT for our students and their families from Stagecoach Faringdon, Shrivenham and Royal Wootton Bassett to come and watch this years Pantomime at the London Palladium!

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)

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 - James Barker BA Hons Drama

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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