Stagecoach Southend

A warm welcome to our Southend school website, here you will find everything you need to know about our Southend School.  This is where we provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4-21yrs.  Our aim is to nurture and develop young people’s potential through singing, acting and dance classes. The classes, based in Leigh-on-Sea, will stretch young imaginations and help to develop confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation - as well as being educational and fun.  You will get the opportunity to act, sing and dance in a friendly and fun environment. We have specific goals each term, working towards an end of term concert, Performance Arts Awards and LAMDA exams or our Summer Showcase in a local professional theatre.

Part of the Stagecoach South East Essex group of Schools, we are open every Saturday afternoon during term time, why not come and join the fun!

For more information check out the latest news or contact us on 01702 525112.

Principal Tessa Davies

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

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We are looking forward to performing our Christmas Pantomime, to all our parents on Saturday 24th November. All the students from Early Stages to Further Stages will be taking part in this traditional Christmas celebration.

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.

Themed Children's Parties

Birthdays & Celebrations

We understand that with the increasing demands on parents, juggling the pressures of work and family life, time is of the essence. Therefore Stagecoach Parties provide a way to remove the stress from what should be a day of celebration for everyone and allow you to sit back, relax and let us do all the work! Whether they want to be fairies, pirates or detectives, there is a Stagecoach Party for everyone!

Meet The Team

Principal - Tessa Davies

Tessa has worked in the Performing Arts for most of her life. 
She has performed a number of character roles and has worked as a member of the chorus in a large number of Musicals. She has also directed many productions for various Amateur Companies, including children in Grease, The Wiz, The Likes Of Us, Lionel Bart's Blitz! Cinderella and Puss In Boots. 
As the local Area Representative for the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) she is directly involved with a number of local societies and this results in a variety of performing opportunities for the students of these Stagecoach Schools. 
She is a licensed chaperone and has worked with the National Youth Music Theatre, the BBC and a number of TV production companies.
Tessa is extremely keen to encourage young people to take part in Theatre opportunities as she considers them to be an excellent way to develop their self confidence.
She is always available at the schools for parents to consult or to deal with any other matters.

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