Stagecoach Shirley

A warm welcome to Stagecoach Shirley! We provide quality part-time training in singing, dance and drama for children aged 4-18yrs in the Shirley and surrounding greater Croydon area, since 1997.

Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through performance, stretching young imaginations and helping to develop confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation - as well as being educational and fun!
Students perform for friends and family twice a year at the school and often work on specific projects. We regularly participate in the Stagecoach Showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, home of Phantom of the Opera, and in the past we have had children perform in operas at the Royal Opera House, as well as getting cast in West End musicals such as The Lion King and Thriller Live. 

We are now taking bookings for our next term including our new Friday night school! Places are filling fast. Call 020 8949 1116 for further information or enrol online today!

Childcare vouchers accepted

Principal Kim Findlay

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

Meet The Team


NEW Sat Early Stages time

Due to popular demand, we are opening a NEW Early Stages class on Saturdays at 3.45-5.15pm. Many of the other class times are now almost full, so from the Summer term which starts in April there's an additional time. Handy for those with siblings in PM Main Stages! If you would like more info about the new class time, please contact Kim today!

Use Childcare Vouchers!

Stagecoach Shirley now accepts childcare vouchers! You can use childcare vouchers to pay for term fees and holiday workshops so contact us today for more information.

New Friday School!

We are super excited to announce we are opening a new Friday evening school! Both Main Stages (6-18 years) and Early Stages (4-6 years) classes will be offered. The Friday evening school runs from Orchard Park High School, Orchard Way, Croydon CR0 7NJ. Contact us for more information or to enrol today!

PAA exams this term

For our Spring 2018 term, Main Stages (Saturday) students will have the opportunity to sit Performance Arts Awards exams in association with the RockSchool Ltd (RSL). If you're interested in learning more about PAA examinations, get in touch today! The exam date for Spring is Saturday March 24, 2018, in usual class time.

Beauty & the Beast

Stagecoach Shirley are going to be participating in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record of highest number of shows performed simultaneously on July 1st, 2018. The show we will be performing in concert will be Disney's Beauty and the Beast (junior). More details will be announced in the coming term, so watch this space!

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 - Kim Findlay

Kim holds a diploma in Performing Arts and is a former actor and dancer. She moved to London from New Zealand 10 years ago, where she also taught dance and choreographed.

She has been performing in amateur productions since she was 10 and feels that this experience as a child has contributed enormously to her adult life. Kim wishes Stagecoach had been around when she was younger!

Kim is a member of a variety of South West London local amateur performing arts companies, primarily choreographing for musicals, but also performing when possible. A recent production she choreographed of The Drowsy Chaperone received high praise from the show's writer Lisa Lambert, and was part of the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Make Payment

Please use the online payment for existing students or, a new student whose place has been confirmed by the local principal.