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.


Enrolling now!

Contact us to book a two-week trial now, to see why Stagecoach has been successful for so long and has helped so many children and young people get a great start in life. This year, we’re performing High School Musical, exploring very famous films and shows in skills term, and returning to the Ipswich Regent for our annual gala show.

Plans for 2020

Our senior students will be performing duologues at a special evening to show their drama talents in June. In July, we have our annual showcase at the Ipswich Regent and our full-scale school production will be coming up from September.

Brendan Cole performance

We have performed with Strictly’s Brendan Cole for a second year at the Ipswich Regent this February -a great night out for all thirty students involved, with one having the opportunity to dance with Brendan in the show. Also this year, our students have performed in two operas at the Regent, and will be helping Suffolk to mark VE Day in May.

LAMDA training

We are pleased to now be offering LAMDA exams at Stagecoach. These speech and drama exams are highly-respected in the industry and go on to count towards university applications. Students learn alone or in pairs for 20 minutes of specialised tuition per week.

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.

Childcare Vouchers

Stagecoach Ipswich is now OFSTED-registered and accepting childcare vouchers from all major providers and from the government’s tax free childcare scheme. Contact us for more information.

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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