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Weekend School

Drayton Manor High School
Drayton Bridge Road
Hanwell
W7 1EU

Term Times

Autumn Term Dates: 23rd September to 2nd December 2017

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: E3, E1, E11, E7.

Train: Drayton Green or Hanwell

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.


Dani

Manager

Dani has over 10 years industry experience including working as a professional dancer, backing singer and band member, touring the UK and most of Europe. Danni enjoys passing on her experiences to the young people at Jigsaw!


Audrey

Dance Teacher

Audrey graduated with a BA in Dance from the University of North Carolina, USA. She also did a semester abroad at Middlesex University. Since living in London, Audrey has performed and choreographed for many dance companies. She has taught various dance styles to many age groups and is also a qualified Zumba Instructor and Cheerleading Coach.


Natasha

Performing Arts Teacher

Natasha had attended Jigsaw Ealing as a student from the age of 9, and then went on to join Jigsaw Youth Theatre Company at the age of 15. Natasha is currently studying at The Questors Theatre, doing a Foundation Course in Acting, and has also trained in classical ballet (Grade 8, RAD.) Natasha currently works within the industry taking on roles in theatre and short films. 

 

 

 

 


Joe

Drama Teacher

Joe has many years’ experience of teaching, acting, directing and writing.  She loves drama and creativity and encourages students to write their own pieces for performance.  She also has her own theatre company, Really Big Pants, specifically for primary-aged children.

 


Marc

Singing Teacher

Marc Armstrong has worked in the music industry for over 10 years, as a singer, songwriter, producer, backing singer, singing teacher and vocal arranger. He has also worked with Nigel Lowis (Take That), Soulshock (Whitney Houston), Wayne Hector (One Direction) and many others. He comes from a musical family and is related to JB Gill of JLS and the late Maxee of girl group Brownstone, his paternal grandfather was also an opera singer. Marc looks forward to bringing his experience to Jigsaw and hopes to inspire his students in music. 


Lisa

Performing Arts Teacher

Lisa has been an actress for over 20 years, predominantly in theatre. She has worked for Shakespeare's Globe, Max Stafford Clarke's Out Of Joint, The RSC and in the West End for The National Theatre, along with too many regional theatres to mention! Along with her theatre work, Lisa has done lots of TV (most recently DIXI, the BAFTA award winning CBBC TV series, in which she played the Series 1 baddie!), Radio and, if course, the odd obligatory advert.


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.