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 10 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


New for Martlesham area

We’re going to be running a school in the Kesgrave/Martlesham area on Fridays from January for 4-18s. The school only has a few places left and you can enrol online for a two-week trial or come and join in at our Open Evening at Gorseland Primary on 3rd January while parents meet the team. For more information or to book a place, contact us now!

More than just a class

At Stagecoach, as well as teaching children to act, dance and sing, we run film projects, we offer a specialist dance troupe, and we give parents a performance three times per year. We perform with touring shows, offer exams and awards by Trinity and Rock School and we organise theatre trips and workshops with theatre and film professionals.

Latest events

This year, students will sing with Abbamania, will be involved in a world record attempt of a performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr, and can take a makeup, stunt and film workshop with a professional stuntman. We have our talent competition The S Factor coming up, and a big annual show at the Ipswich Regent.

Launch of Arts Awards

We're delighted to announce a new association with Trinity College London, as our senior students in Stage 3 or Further Stages will be able to work towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Awards - like a Duke of Edinburgh for Performers! All main school students can also take performing arts exams.

School Productions

As well as our musical showcases, one term each year has a focus on a full production. The latest production was Annie Jr by permission of Joseph Weinberger, which was performed at Dance East and the Hayworth Theatre in April, and already planned for next year is Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr, with more to come shortly.

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 taught singing there for five years. She has twenty 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 tours Suffolk annually and has written eleven successful musicals for them, continuing to write and direct the music for each new show. More recently, she founded a choir for parents of her students, and directed and arranged music for this until 2011. Sarah recently carried the Olympic torch, with the principal reasons for her selection being her quest to get people to love music, and the £15000 that Stagecoach Ipswich has raised for good causes since 2009. In her spare time, Sarah is a parish councillor, loves walking in the country with her dog Bouncer and spending time in her greenhouse. 
She is married to Andy, an experienced scriptwriter, who writes and co-ordinates most of the film and media projects at the school including pop videos, silent films and movie trailers.

Make Payment

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