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


Open Day Saturday 5th Jan

We’d love to meet you and your children at our next Open Day from 10 - 12 on 5th January. Children can try Stagecoach and parents can watch the classes, see all that we offer and chat to teachers, existing students and their parents. To book a free place in a class, contact us now!

30 years of expertise

Academic achievements are important, but these days, children with wider skills stand out more as they apply for courses, jobs and other opportunities, showing they are versatile and multi-faceted. Stagecoach provides many extra strengths to add to CVs and our performances, workshops and optional assessments all stand out on application forms.

Spring term 2019

Drama will be our main focus for the Spring term in Main school. Our plays to be performed next term are ‘Around the Pond in 80 days’ and ‘Save the Human’. We will also launch our annual film project in Main school and Early Stages - a music video. Casting for both will be done in class early in the term, and every student will be involved.

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.

Our ethos

With confidence, a child will succeed more; will be more resilient, unafraid to make and learn from mistakes and will seize life and its opportunities. With outcomes, children can see results through performances or exams. We complement their school education with meaningful and worthwhile activities they can draw on in life, careers and on stage.

Further ahead

Our annual musical showcase will be at the Ipswich Regent on June 8th, where we will be performing 30 musicals for 30 years. All students in Early Stages and Main school take part. Later in the year, our full musical production will be High School Musical.

Record of Achievement

Each student who leaves us will have proven evidence of their successes at Stagecoach through our record of achievement which includes the Stagecoach Passport, the Stagecoach Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, Achievement medals, certificates and shields and twice annual reports. A worthwhile portfolio which they can use as evidence in the future.

Your child is special

At Stagecoach, you will not see the same children always getting the main parts. We want every child to leave us feeling better about themselves and it’s important to us that they all get a chance to shine. With that kind of confidence, they can go out into the world with the best possible chance - because self-belief is most of the battle.

Enrolling now for Spring

We have been helping children get ready for life for 30 years, and run in the Kesgrave/Martlesham area on Fridays 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.

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.

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