Stagecoach Ipswich

At Stagecoach Performing Arts School Ipswich, we believe that every child can be a star performer in life! Our weekend theatre arts classes cater for Suffolk children aged 4-18 years in the Ipswich and Kesgrave areas. Open since 1999, we continue to lead our students by example, providing them with innovative and creative tuition in singing, dance, acting and drama, encouraging our students to be imaginative, dynamic, and ready to face any challenge. Whether your child needs help with confidence or seeks opportunities to perform, we can help!

All our performing arts classes are taught by experienced teachers with an excellent track record within the arts. The school is located on Clifford Road, Ipswich and run by Sarah Corbett who has led the school for 13 years.

Principal Sarah Corbett - BA(Hons); PGCE; MA(Mus)

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

Meet The Team


Enrolling now for Autumn

We run in the Kesgrave/Martlesham area on Fridays for 4-18s as well as our Saturday and Sundays in Ipswich. We are enrolling for the new term now and have availability in some of our schools, so why not try us for two weeks? Email, call 07900 657780 or apply online.

30 years of expertise

Stagecoach has been teaching drama, dance and singing for 30 years, and we like to think we know how best to enhance our students’ skills. But we are still always learning. This year’s innovations included the launch of the Trinity Bronze Award and Stage 3 passport, an open air theatre event and an attempt at a Guinness record attempt!

Autumn activities

Our theme for the autumn is ‘This Is Me’. It’s our skills term, so students will learn a lot to equip them for show or exams later in the year. While we will use the Greatest Showman as our starting point, it’s not all about that - the focus is to help each child understand what it is that makes them unique and to be proud of their individuality

What Stagecoach offers

As well as three hours a week of theatre training designed to increase skills and prepare kids for a life that is not always easy, we offer loads of other options. This has recently included Trinity awards, exams, Stunt, West End, audition and puppetry workshops from industry professionals, performances with touring stars, and film-making.

School Productions

As well as our musical showcases, one term each year has a focus on a full production, most recently Annie, Hairspray and Beauty and the Beast Jr. At Stagecoach we do not always choose the same children for the main parts - all students in the same class will have their chance to shine sooner or later.

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.

Meet The Team

Principal - Sarah Corbett - BA(Hons); PGCE; MA(Mus)

Sarah took over at Stagecoach in 2006, having first taught singing there for five years. She has twenty five years of experience working in theatre arts, beginning by organising two major music marathons and running a school band when in the sixth form at school. She graduated firstly with a French and English honours degree and taught these subjects for eight years at Stowupland High School, running the 70-strong school choir and directing the music for the school shows in the lunch break. However, music was what she loved most so she left the school in 2001 to complete her second degree, teaching singing and piano part-time, and in 2009 completed her Music MA gaining distinction. She is also co-founder of an award-winning musical theatre company which toured Suffolk annually and has written eleven successful musicals for them. More recently, she founded a choir for parents of her students, and directed and arranged music for this until 2011, then setting up a choir in her own village and arranging musical events in the village church. Sarah carried the Olympic torch in 2012, with the principal reasons for her selection being her quest to get people to love music, and the money that Stagecoach Ipswich has raised for good causes since 2009, which now exceeds £35000. In her spare time, Sarah is learning aromatherapy, grows many varieties of chillies and loves walking in the country and on the coast with her husband and dogs.

Make Payment

Please use the online payment for existing students or, a new student whose place has been confirmed by the local principal.