Our Approach

Small class sizes, expert tutors, specialist facilities and a wonderful ArtsEd welcome make exceptional performing arts experiences for young people aged 5 to 18.

All of our tutors combine teaching expertise with a wealth of professional experience, a mix that helps them to bring the best out in every child .  At ArtsEd we understand that every child is unique and we work hard to help every participant realise their individuality and to reach their full potential.  Whether with us at the weekend or on one of our holiday courses, participants are encouraged to explore their imaginations and their emotions, ensuring that they develop confidence and creativity as well as performance skills.

Our weekend and holiday courses give young people the chance to spread their creative wings and to channel their energy and emotions.

The strength of our training combined with our industry connections means that our young people get some amazing performance opportunities.  Here they are performing at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.

Saturday Skills Academy – Key Information

Sessions run on Saturday mornings over a 10 week term, with two Saturdays off for half term.

  • Musical Theatre courses include separate sessions each week in singing, dancing and acting.
  • Stage & Screen Acting courses include separate sessions each week in acting, improvisation/ comedy and acting for TV & Film

Classes are taught at three levels:

EXPLORE – 7 – 10 years old
Whether your child is interested in exploring the arts for the first time or is already putting on a play for you every weekend, ArtsEd’s EXPLORE Saturday morning classes are the perfect place of them! Working with our hugely welcoming tutors, they will have the time and the space to explore their passion to their heart’s content.

TRAINEE – 11- 13 years old
Our TRAINEES are interested in learning how to be better and more skilled performers. Whether they have just started showing an interest or are hungry to train, our Saturday morning classes with our top industry professionals and teachers is the perfect place for them to explore their talents and their interest.

CREATIVES – 14 – 16 years old
Our CREATIVES have a deep passion for performing arts and are exploring the possibilities with the industry.  These weekly sessions provide the experiences and training that help young people to navigate the choices available.  Equipping participants with skills at the same time as developing their creativity and committment, our CREATIVES courses are for young people who are dedicated, imaginative & passionate.

Term 1 / Skills Development
In Term 1 the focus is on learning new techniques and developing performance skills.

Term 2 / Performance
In Term 2 each group works on a piece to perform for family and friends in our wonderful Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre.

Term 3 / Showcase
In Term 3 groups and individuals work on pieces that showcase their development in an informal performance in one of our studio spaces.

Useful Information

You can find out more about all of our courses and any of the information below by getting in touch with ArtsEd Extra team on 020 8987 6654 or at extra@artsed.co.uk

Covid-19 Health & Safety

  • On a Friday evening the building has an antimicrobial disinfectant fogging.
  • Pupils and parents must meet Jessie outside the building for drop off  
  • On arrival, students wait in the foyer and are then taken to class by an assistant 
  • One-way system in place 
  • Curriculum has been adapted to promote activities with less physical contact 
  • Class sizes will be reduced and we will be encouraging social distancing in the lessons and around the building as best practice.
  • Hands sanitised on arrival and stations throughout the building 
  • A temperature scanner is installed in the foyer; all staff, students and visitors must enter ArtsEd through the main door where you will pass by the scanner.  The scanner will be continuously monitored (throughout the day) and if you have a high temperature, you will be asked to wait in an isolation area for your temperature to be taken a second time (using a handheld thermometer).  If your temperature is still high, you will be required to leave the building and we recommend that you undergo a Covid test.
  • Staff will be wiping down main touch areas in the classrooms between sessions.
  • Students, please check your temperature prior to arriving at ArtsEd and do not attend if it is higher than 37.8.
  • Masks are worn in all common areas and (currently) in classes 
  • There will be more regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and toilet facilities; we will have one/two cleaners working in the building throughout the day whilst the building is open.
  • Students will stay in their classroom and groupings for the whole morning and tutors will rotate in order to avoid groups of students moving around the building and mixing.
  • Start-times are staggered for all classes – avoids mixing of groups 
  • We kindly request that your children clean their hands more often than usual – wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered. Sanitisers are located at regular intervals throughout the building.
  • Please ensure good respiratory hygiene by remembering the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.
  • Please keep to the left when walking around the building at all times.
  • Please follow this link if you want to read the schools COVID- 19 risk assessment: https://artsed.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/COVID-19-Risk-Assessment.pdf

Skills Academy Discount

Skills Academy students get a 10% discount on our holiday course bookings.

Private Lessons
Private lessons must be cancelled within 48 hours. Unfortunately we will have to charge you fully for any lessons that are cancelled after this cutoff point.

International Students
We welcome students from across the globe with a good level of spoken English to all of our courses.

Chiswick Calendar Clubcard discount
ArtsEd offers club card holders 10% off their first Holiday course as an introductory offer. To benefit from this discount please contact the Part-Time Courses Team ptc@artsed.co.uk / 020 8987 6692, stating that you are a Chiswick Calendar Club Card holder. You must present your card on arrival. Find out more and register for a card here.

Code of Conduct

We want everyone that takes part in our courses to feel welcome, included and able to make the most of their time with us.  We therefore ask that everybody follows our Code of Conduct.

  • I will respect all leaders, assistants and other participants and I understand that not showing respect will result in losing my place on the course.
  • I will behave appropriately and respectfully during all classes, rehearsals and performances.
  • I will attend all my classes and  rehearsals and we will let the ArtsEd Extra team know if I am unable to attend, for whatever reason.
  • I understand that if my attendance drops below 80% I will not be able to perform in the end of term productions.
  • I will turn off my mobile phones during classes, rehearsals and performances.
  • I will not chew gum.

For parents and carers

  • Please ensure that your child is collected on time.  If, for some unavoidable reason, you are delayed, please get in touch with the ArtsEd Extra team.
    extra@artsed.co.uk  |  020 8987 6692
  • Make sure your child always wears comfortable clothing that allows them to move freely.  You can order ArtsEd Extra t-shirts here. Enter ArtsEd as the school.

You can find our full booking terms and conditions here.