Stagecoach Royal Wootton Bassett

Welcome to Stagecoach Royal Wootton Bassett. We offer more than just learning how to sing, dance and act. We help students to develop the creative courage to unlock their potential, to stand up and be heard, to work well with other students and to embrace new ideas and possibilities. As they put their new skills into practice, in a fun but safe environment, students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable and imaginative. All skills that will serve them well on the stage of life.

Principal James Barker

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


NEW Early Stages

We're thrilled to announce that in addition to our already very popular 9:15am to 10:45am Early Stages (4 to 6 y/o) session, we are opening a BRAND NEW one from 11:00am to 12:30pm on a Saturday morning in Royal Wootton Bassett at the Noremarsh Junior School in January. Come and join us for a TWO WEEK TRIAL! We would love to welcome your family.

Early Stages Spring Term

Spring Term is SHOW TERM in Early Stages. We will be working on a presentation called 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. This beautiful story will showcase all children in singing, dancing and acting. At core the story is about friendship, acceptance and tolerance, which is perfect for our 4 to 6 year olds. Don't delay enrol for a two week trial today!

Main Stages Spring Term

We are thrilled to announce that our 6 to 18 year olds will be doing SHOWTERM in the Spring and we will be preparing for the incredible Matilda the Musical. If you are NEW and would like to find out more about our TWO WEEK TRIAL call James on 01367 240663 or email OR follow the link below and enrol now!

NEW 2019 - Direct Debit

Ask about our new GoCardless Direct Debit payment option. It is ONLY £9.70 a week for our 90 minute Early Stages session (4 to 6 year olds) OR £19.40 a week for our 3 hour Main Stages session (6 to 18 years old).

LAMDA - NEW for 2020

We are delighted to announce that Stagecoach Royal Wootton Bassett has been selected to work alongside LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) from April 2020 onwards. We will be able to offer students (of 7 years and older) the chance to do LAMDA acting exams. Please ask James or Jilly for more details.

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)

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - James Barker

James has spent the last 25 years in performing arts and entertainment. He started as an ‘all singing and all dancing’ Butlin’s Redcoat, in Bognor Regis which was an excellent foundation to build his career.
From there he went to sea to work for Princess Cruises hosting daytime and evening activities including ballroom dance classes, line dance classes and gameshows. After one year he was promoted to Deputy Cruise Director and shortly thereafter to Cruise Director. James was responsible for the day to day smooth running of the Entertainment Department, which included hosting live TV shows and theatre productions. He operationally led a team of 120 performers including singers, dancers, production crew, bands, acts, DJ’s, youth and cruise staff. He was very privileged to be the inaugural Cruise Director on several brand new cruise ships during his time with Princess Cruises.
When James came back on ‘dry land’ he was the Director of Entertainment for Warner Leisure Hotels. He was responsible for the Entertainment at all the Warner properties throughout the UK. He was responsible for the strategic planning and brand direction of the entertainment offer. His proudest moment at Warner was collaborating with the National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to create bespoke shows that would normally only be available at the Royal Albert Hall.
James is a very experienced Principal and is already running successful Stagecoach schools in Faringdon, Highworth and Shrivenham and was awarded Best Newcomer which is a national Stagecoach award in 2017. James is a warm people person, who loves to make a big difference to his team, to his students and parents. He has bags of creativity to build a strong syllabus that will be fun, educational, stimulating and rewarding.
James is excited to start inspiring Creative Courage for Life in his new students in Royal Wootton Bassett, Fairford, Malmesbury and Liddiard Park. 
James is a parent too, he and his husband and their two children live locally. 

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