Stagecoach Shirley

A very warm welcome to Stagecoach Shirley! We provide quality part-time training in performing arts 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 singing, drama and dance classes, 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 at least twice a year, we regularly participate in the Stagecoach Showcases in London’s West End theatres, and past pupils have gone on to study at drama schools and perform on stage in the West End.

Principal Kim Findlay - Stagecoach Franchisee of the Year 2019

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


Classes cancelled

As a result of the latest guidance the Government has issued about Coronavirus, I am sorry to report that our Stagecoach school is now closed for the remainder of this term. This has not been an easy decision but the safety of my team, your children and families are of paramount importance to me. Watch this space for updates for the Summer term

Summer Term enrolling now

Enrolments are still open for the Summer term, although term start dates are currently TBC. There are limited spaces in Main Stages (6-18 years) and Early Stages (4-6 years) classes on Fridays and Saturdays. See our timetable below for class times and availability. Enrol for a 2 week trial today to avoid disappointment when we resume!

Summer Holiday Workshops

Book now for our Summer Holiday Theatre Workshops! In just a week the children put on a fabulous show and we have such fun. The workshops will run Mon 3 - Fri 7 August. See below for more information or to enrol online.


EXCITING NEWS! Principal Kim was recently awarded Stagecoach Franchisee of the Year out of 318 principals from around the world! She would like to thank all her amazing teachers for their hard work and support. #beststagecoachever

SC Shirley: Outstanding!

Stagecoach Shirley has been awarded 'Outstanding' and are in the top 5% of Stagecoach Schools across the UK for our leadership, customer focus, creative learning and how we work with our students and parents! We are thrilled to receive this award! If you want to share how you find us, review us on facebook:

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.

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 - Kim Findlay - Stagecoach Franchisee of the Year 2019

Kim is a former actor, dancer and choreographer from New Zealand and holds bachelor degrees in International Business and Spanish, as well as a Diploma in Performing Arts. 
She began performing in amateur productions when 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 growing up in New Zealand!
As a member of numerous South West London local amateur performing arts companies, Kim spends much of her time performing and choreographing musicals, as well as looking after her 2 children.
Kim is thrilled to be running Stagecoach Shirley and is excited to continue to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the schools.

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