Stagecoach Liphook & Petersfield

Welcome to Stagecoach Liphook & Petersfield!
I am very proud to be principal of this energetic and busy school which has been running for 18 years. We welcome pupils through our doors every Wednesday at Churchers College, Petersfield and every Friday and Saturday at Liphook Infants School. Classes are suitable for ages 4 - 18 years, providing an all round performing arts experience. At Stagecoach Liphook & Petersfield, 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 two Performance Troupes 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, theatre trips, specialist workshops and professional representation for Theatre, Film and TV work.
Leanne, alongside her fantastic team, strives to deliver excellence in education, and inspire the students of Stagecoach Liphook & Petersfield allowing each and every student to flourish not only in class, but in life!

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.


Launching in Petersfield

After the succesful launch of our new Early Stages class at Churchers College in Petersfield this term, we are delighted to be opening our new Main Stages School for pupils (7-18 yrs) in the Autumn Term. we can't wait to welcome everyone. For more information and to sign up for a trial period, email [email protected] today!

Summer Holiday Workshop

We are delighted to announce our 2024 Summer Holiday Workshop, for ages 7-18yrs, is Legally Blonde Jr. This year we are offering a full 6 days, with 5 days based at Liphook Infant School & Show Day will be at Haslemere Hall on the Saturday. Workshop Dates: Monday 29th July - Saturday 3rd August. Join us and let's jet off into the California sun!

Little Monster Workshop

Inviting all 4-6 year olds to a fun week filled with dancing, singing and acting with our highly skilled team to create a show themed on the much loved film, 'Monsters Inc'. Will our Liphook monsters be able to collect enough power from dreams to run our town? Or will they prove to be too adorable? Come and visit our Monster factory to find out!

Autumn Term Booking Open

We're taking enrollments now for our Autumn Term 2024. If you'd like to join us for a two-week trial, please click the button below to book your space. Please act NOW, as we're always over-subscribed. Scroll down for the class times. First come, first served!


We offer LAMDA examinations twice a year and support pupils who are taking external exams, auditions and scholarships outside of Stagecoach through one to one tuition. We are delighted to announce a 100% pass rate across the past 17 years and are extremely proud of our pupils. We offer LAMDA in our Autumn and Summer Terms.

Childcare Vouchers

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

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Stagecoach Early Stages
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)

Stagecoach Main Stages
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)

Stagecoach Further Stages
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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