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.

The Team

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

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Now enrolling for Autumn!

'Words don't really express enough what Stagecoach has done for my granddaughter. Try it for 2 weeks and you will see exactly what I mean. They have built confidence and given her the tools that have opened a door to a world you could only dream of.' Caryl, Ipswich

Free Discovery Session!

We are inviting prospectIve students to join us for a free trial session as follows: 4-6s: Friday 15th September 4.15-5.45 6-16s: Saturday 16th September 2.30-5.30 or Sunday 17th September 10-1 15-18s: Friday 15th September 4.45-7.15 Please call 07900 657780 or email to book.


We're committed to getting our students out on stage as much as possible. This autumn, 30 of them will be appearing with the tour of AbbaMania when it reaches Ipswich, singing two of Abba's best known songs.

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! The scheme is launching this autumn while younger students work on their Stagecoach Ipswich passport award.

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, but keep an eye out for news of our next show which will be announced soon.

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.

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