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Weekend School

Highgate Wood School
Montenotte Road
Crouch End
N8 8RN

Term Times

Current Term Dates: 14th January - 1st April 2017*

*Please note there will be no classes on Saturday 18th February due to the School closure for Half-term

Summer Term Dates: 6th May - 22nd July 2017*

*Please note there will be no classes on Saturday 3rd June due to the School closure for Half-term

Fees

3-6 Years

£150 per term (£37.50 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

An advance payment of £30 is required to secure each students place and provides students with a two week trial period.
Sibling Discounts
Should more than one child from a family attend, the second child can attend for a discounted fee of £115 per term. Subsequent children all pay £75 per term.

7-18 Years

£280 per term (£70 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

An advance payment of £60 is required to secure each students place and provides students with a two week trial period.
Sibling Discounts
Should more than one child from a family attend, the second child can attend for a discounted fee of £210 per term. Subsequent children all pay £140 per term.
Class Times

Saturday Mornings

3 - 4 year olds:
9.30am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm

5 - 6 year olds:
9.30am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm

7 - 18 year olds:
10.00am - 1.00pm

Directions

Buses: W7, W5, 41, 91, 144

Tube: Highgate

Road directions to here from

(e.g., "oxford st W1" or "SW12 8JZ")

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These children attend a 90-minute session divided into three sections of dance, drama and singing. There is a short break in the session. All teachers are specially trained by Jigsaw Arts to work with these age groups. The sessions are designed to develop the children’s confidence, focus and social skills from an early age, giving them a head start in life. It also provides a great introduction to performing arts for students wishing to take part in our more advanced course from 7 years upwards. To ensure each child gets personal attention there is a maximum of 16 students per class.

Drama: Children are introduced to basic stagecraft – through drama, stories, plays and poetry. This encourages self-expression and stimulates the imagination, while developing focus. 

Dance: Our dance activities are designed to improve children’s posture, co-ordination and spatial awareness. Through fun and funky routines, children develop a basic dance vocabulary. 

Singing: An introduction to basic vocal exercises and rhythm is provided to children, through their enjoyment of singing along to a selection of musical theatre and pop tunes. 

Students attend a three-hour session comprising an hour of drama, an hour of singing and an hour of dance, each with a specialist coach. Jigsaw Arts provides training in all three disciplines in order to create a well-rounded performer. To establish an environment that builds confidence, regardless of individual ability, students are divided into appropriate age bands. All students will be challenged to their full potential. The three age groups rotate between the three disciplines.

There is a maximum of 18 students per class.

Drama: Students are given a practical understanding of stagecraft, as well as developing improvisation, voice and acting techniques. In addition, they will be encouraged to find the truth in their acting, enabling them to deliver more believable performances. Working in teams to develop social skills, via scripts and poetry, also improves confidence. 

Dance: Students learn a jazz dance technique – the basis for all popular dance. Our aim is to improve each student’s core stability, flexibility, co-ordination, posture and dance vocabulary. Jazz, street dance and musical theatre all feature in the variety of styles which students will perform. 

Singing: Vocal training is utilised to develop each individual’s voice to its fullest potential. Students work on breathing, rhythm, projection, pitch and musical interpretation, to improve confidence and range. A wide variety of musical genres are enjoyed, including modern, pop and musical theatre. 

Managers

Each school has its own manager who is a key member of the Jigsaw Arts team. The manager coordinates teachers, students and parents to ensure we have a safe, professional and smooth-running school.

Jigsaw Arts managers have a teaching and/or a performing background. In addition to their individual experience, all managers are trained by Jigsaw Arts director Nicola Lander to provide each school with a first-class consistent service. In larger schools an assistant is also provided.

Teachers

The students are coached by fully trained tutors who are well organised, energetic and passionate about teaching. 

Jigsaw Arts takes every care when selecting new teachers for its schools. They all have experience in teaching or a formal qualification, with many still working professionally in the performing arts industry. All teachers have a CRB check and attend Jigsaw Arts teacher training sessions to provide consistent tutoring across our schools. 

All schools are regularly inspected by Jigsaw Performing Arts management, to ensure that the quality of teaching is consistent. 

Discipline policy

Jigsaw Arts requires all students to behave in a disciplined and professional manner. Students are expected to be punctual and committed to the course to achieve their full potential. 

Students who have the desire to succeed in the performing arts industry need to learn the importance of self-discipline and hard work. Jigsaw Arts will remove from classes any student whose behaviour is deemed inappropriate, disrespectful or disruptive to other students and teachers.


Amy

Manager

Amy worked for several years as a professional dancer and actor. Following this she worked as the Touring Dance Officer (National & International) for The English National Ballet. Alongside her work for Jigsaw,  Amy now leads workshops and residencies for The Young Shakespeare Company. She writes and delivers creative workshops for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, and for The Garden Classroom. Amy is also Co Artistic Director of The Secret Garden Theatre Project.


Lydia

Dance Teacher

Lydia graduated with a 1st Class BA Hons in English & Drama from Royal Holloway University of London and went on to train at the London School of Musical Theatre. Her recent credits include Alysha (American Idiot), Cooking Stove (Just So) & Guinevere (Arthur’s Quest). She also wrote book and lyrics for Arthur’s Quest which received 5 stars and was shortlisted for the MTN awards. Lydia has taught in various performing arts schools around the country and is very excited to be a part of the Jigsaw teaching team.


Kimberley

Performing Arts Teacher

Kimberley is a Musical Theatre MA Graduate from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She was a student of Jigsaw Performing Arts School and the Youth Theatre for several years. She has live performance experience which spans musicals, plays and concerts. Kimberley assists and teaches with Performing arts in our weekend schools and really enjoys helping the young students with building their confidence.


Lucinda

Assistant

Bio coming soon...


Liam

Drama Teacher

Liam trained in Acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in North London, and since graduating has performed with numerous companies across the UK, including National Theatre of Wales, Almeida Theatre, Old Vic Young Voices, The Old Red Lion Theatre, Torch Theatre and has also been in a touring production in Sweden.  Liam has taught drama to a variety of age groups, primarily working on Shakespearean texts and devised productions, he is delighted to be working at Jigsaw as part of a brilliant team!


Evie

Singing Teacher

Evie is currently in her third year at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) studying a BA in Acting. She also previously trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. She aspires to a career in theatre and TV and film and has most recently been in award winning short film, Paris in the Rain. Evie has performed on various West End stages throughout her studies and has taught acting and singing in hometown of Nottingham, including at the Nottingham Playhouse, where she has also performed. She is excited to begin working for Jigsaw!


Chloe

Performing Arts Teacher

Chloë attending the Jigsaw weekend school from the age of 5 years old. She recently completed a studies in both dance and drama. She hopes to pursue a career within the performing arts.  As a member of the Jigsaw Arts agency Chloe has in the past attended a number of auditions where she has successfully undertaken professional work.


Certificates

Students are awarded certificates at the end of every year that they attend. We are rewarding commitment and effort rather than ability as we feel every student has personal objectives within the course. Students who reach 3 years or more are then awarded medals every year.

 

Reports

During our technique term, students concentrate on building and improving their skills, exploring many areas of the performing arts.  During this term, parents will be given a written report on their child’s progress. The school manager is also available for ongoing verbal feedback.

Jigsaw Arts run three terms per year. Twice a year family and friends will be invited to watch a presentation or show combining dance, drama and singing. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to put their performance skills into practice. 

Jigsaw Arts devises performances so that all students are included. Each student will be individually challenged as well as being encouraged to work as part of a team.

Jigsaw Arts promotes a disciplined approach to the performing arts and students are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate for movement and dance.

Jigsaw Arts has a supply of affordable clothing complete with the Jigsaw logo: alternatively black clothing must be worn. Jazz shoes are the most suitable form of footwear and can be ordered from Jigsaw Arts or any reputable dance shop.

All students (7-18 years) receive a free Jigsaw Arts folder for their scripts and song sheets. The students are encouraged to bring these every week.