Stagecoach Liphook

Welcome to Stagecoach Liphook!
I am very proud to be principal of this energetic and busy school which has been running for 13 years. We welcome pupils through our doors every Friday and Saturday at Liphook Infants School from ages 4 - 19 years, to provide an all round performing arts experience. At Stagecoach Liphook, we pride ourselves on striving for excellence, every child is nurtured, supported and has fun along the way! Pupils can expect to be challenged, increase their confidence and communication skills all whilst making new friends and developing their skills and talents in drama, dance and singing.
Our students are given lots of opportunity to shine in class work, demonstrations, and our annual show, which takes place in a professional theatre environment. We have a Performance Team open to Main School Pupils, giving the chance for pupils to perform in local performances, festivals, the West End and even Disneyland Paris! Alongside our regular training, there is added value in the form of offering LAMDA exams in Acting or Musical Theatre, as well as group Performance Arts Awards, written reports, theatre trips, specialist workshops, professional representation for Theatre, Film and TV work.
Leanne, alongside her fantastic team of teachers, strives to deliver excellence in education, and inspire the students of Stagecoach Liphook - allowing each and every student to flourish not only in class, but in life!

Childcare vouchers accepted
We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Leanne Desmond - BA (Hons) Dance

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

Meet The Team



Our Summer Workshops were a resounding success and we hope that everyone that attended had a wonderful time. This Summer saw our Early Stages perform the captivating adventure of Peter Pan and our Main Stages flew to the magical world of Aladdin.

A Night at The Oscars

Stagecoach Liphook celebrated the the Autumn 2017 Term in style with A Night at The Oscars. Performed and presented by the pupils in a one off magical event which was incredibly well supported by our Stagecoach families and ended with a disco enjoyed by all. What a way to finish off the year.

Performance Opportunities

We have lots of exciting performance opportunities that we will be working towards from the Autumn term including, Elevate - November 2018 Petersfield Christmas Festival - December 2018 Performance at Saracens vs Harlequins Rugby Match - March 2019 Early Stages Event - Bournemouth - March 2019 Disney 2020

Childcare Vouchers

We are pleased to confirm we are now registered fully with Ofsted and able to accept childcare vouchers towards payments for term fee’s, holiday workshops and two week trials.


We are awaiting results from our LAMDA exam in July and are so proud of each and every one of our pupil's that partake in these exams. We offer LAMDA exams twice a year, as well as PAA biannually and we strongly support our pupils if they so wish to take them. Our next exam is in January 2019 and pupils start working towards it in September.

Rising Stars Showcase

We are very excited to announce that we will be working towards our Rising Stars Showcase in the Autumn Term. Pupils will be working on a talent show to display their expertise and flair for the three disciplines of Drama, Dance and Singing and we will be inviting a guest judge to enjoy the show with us.

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.

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Leanne Desmond - BA (Hons) Dance

Leanne completed her training as a contemporary dancer at the Laban Centre, obtaining a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre. In the past 20 years, she has had the fortunate opportunity to teach dance within mainstream schools, community settings, youth service, PRU units and gifted and talented schemes. Leanne has also taught and choreographed for numerous shows and productions. Credits include Second Oldest Profession (Soho Theatre), NoCo Dance Company (Youth Dance England, Northern Contemporary Dance School, Leeds), Dance Opera, Prodanza Italia (Italy) and Pivitol Dance Company (Edinburgh Festival). Previously Leanne also taught dance for Stagecoach Shirley and Wokingham for 4 years.

She often visits schools or groups and choreographs for performances or competitions such as 'Rock Challenge'.
Leanne has also performed with numerous dance companies across the UK including Ginger Dance Theatre, Motionhouse, Footwerk Productions and Odd Soxs Dance Company to name a few. In the USA she has worked with Jean Issac Dance Company in San Diego.

Alongside running Stagecoach Liphook Leanne worked for three years as Youth Dance Coordinator for Hampshire Dance and Community Youth Dance Practitioner for Active Dorset, specialising in boys dance, youth dance and teacher training.
Over the past 6 years, Leanne has set up, managed and taught at her own dance school inspiring children 18 months – 8 years of age, offering regular weekly classes and holiday workshops. Leanne loves to capture the young imaginations of children through her Ballet, Tap and Street dance classes, using exciting props and inspiring music to take everyone on a magical journey. As a busy mum of two girls aged 8 and 10, Leanne loves instilling confidence and belief in each of her pupils, as she does with her own children, and whole heartily believes Stagecoach Liphook is a wonderful place for young people to do so, as well as an opportunity to be creative.

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