Stagecoach Winchester

Hello and a very warm welcome to our school.

At Stagecoach Winchester we offer singing, dance and drama classes for children ages 4 – 18.

Donna Batten is the principal of Stagecoach Winchester. The school has been established in the area for the past 26 years and we welcome around 260 pupils through our doors every week, where the students will make new friends and build on their skills and talents.
Our teaching team is friendly and enthusiastic, and we encourage and demonstrate a strong supportive school ethos where children are can develop their performing arts skills, self confidence and the freedom to be expressive and creative.

Our students are given lots of opportunities to shine in class, theatre performances, Euro Disney and in our annual show. Students from Stagecoach Winchester have been involved in West End productions, professional musicals at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, Grange Park Opera and Film and Television roles.

We have a performance team open to all students within the main school by audition, giving the chance for pupils to perform on local stages, charity shows and large-scale events in London’s west end theatres. In addition to our regular classes, we offer LAMDA exams in Acting, written reports, theatre trips, specialist West End workshops, audition techniques and professional representation for film, TV and Theatre work.

We offer Performing Arts Exams

Principal Donna Batten

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


Les Miserables UK Tour

Stagecoach Winchester are so proud to have another two students take part in the Les Miserables UK Tour. Eryn and Quinn both auditioned in January and got the part as little Eponine. Eryn and Quinn performed in several performances at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton with the UK tour cast.

Childcare Vouchers

We are pleased to confirm we are now registered fully with Ofsted and able to accept childcare vouchers towards payments for term fee's, holiday workshops and two week trials.

Lamda Exams

We are pleased to announce that our students achieved 100% pass rate in their acting exams back in July with the majority achieving distinctions. LAMDA is a fantastic way to build upon existing acting skills, develop public speaking and to become a more confident actor.Please speak to Donna at the school to find out more.

Disneyland Paris!

We have exciting news!! Stagecoach Winchester have been invited to perform at Euro Disney in July 2023. Students will perform in the Disney Parade, attend a Disney Workshop and sing in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle during this 3 night, 4 day magical adventure.

Elevate Show

Some of our students performed at Princes Hall in Aldershot for the Elevate Show, they were all fantastic on stage performing from the film ANNIE.

UK Tour Les Miserables

We are so proud of Ruby who auditioned for little Cosette, Ruby performed in several performances at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton with the UK tour of Les Miserables. Ruby has been asked to carry on the tour when the UK tour of Les Miserables performs in Zurich.

UK Tour Les Miserables

We are so proud of Sorcha who auditioned for little Cosette, Sorcha performed in several performances at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton with the UK tour of Les Miserables.

Nativity The Musical

We are so proud of Elodie who auditioned for the UK Tour of The Nativity The Musical and performed all week at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton as one of the students from St Bernadette's.

West End Event

In June some of our students performed in the West End, the students had a wonderful time performing at Her Majesty's Theatre. The feedback we received from parents and other members of Stagecoach was excellent. Stagecoach Winchester performed from the musical 'Newsies' in Act 2.

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 - Donna Batten

Prior to becoming principal Donna has been a freelance dance teacher and choreographer for the past 12 years. She has been a dance teacher for Winchester stagecoach for the past 10 years, alongside teaching for local dance schools and other branches of stagecoach. Donna trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts, where she graduated with a diploma in performing arts. She went onto have a professional career performing and travelling the world and becoming a well-established well-respected choreographer. Donna has a great empathy with the children, she has an excellent way of nurturing each child so they can grow in confidence and achieve their goals to the best of their ability, a set of skills they can transfer into all aspects of their current lives and future. Donna has excellent industry knowledge so she can provide excellent support to both teachers and students alike.

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