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

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. 

Code of Conduct

It is important to us that all of our participants 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.