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Weekend School

The Compton School
Summers Lane
North Finchley
N12 0QG

Term Times

Saturday Classes

13th January to 24th March 2018

Sunday Classes

14th January to 25th March 2018

Summer Term:

28th/29th April to 7th/8th July 2018

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

5 - 6 year olds: 
11.30am - 1.00pm

7 - 18 year olds:
10.00am - 1.00pm

Sunday 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

Bus: 43, 134, 234, 382, 221, 263

Train: New Southgate is the nearest.

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.


Abigail

Dance Teacher

Abi is in her last year of her BA (Hons) training at London Studio Centre. She has performed in multiple venues across the UK including Her Majesties Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, New Wimbledon Theatre and Cambridge Corn Exchange. Her recent credits include Dancer in Wizard of Oz, Singer and Dancer in The Seaside Special Cabaret and Cuddle Bunny Blue in The Cuddle Bunnies all performed at the Princess Theatre, Hunstanton. Abi has also previously taught dance at Stagecoach and Theatre Train.


Alex

Singing Teacher

Alexandria trained in both Classical voice and Musical Theatre at Capilano University and The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She has a wealth of performance experience including portraying “Maria” in West Side Story, “Hope” in Anything Goes, and “Mabel” in The Pirates of Penzance. Alexandria is an enthusiastic teacher with a lot of experience working with children and is currently teaching singing at several schools throughout London. Alexandria is very excited to be joining the Jigsaw team.


Kathryn

Performing Arts Teacher

Kathryn hails from Northern Ireland and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Musical Theatre programme. Kathryn is thrilled to be a part of the Jigsaw team.


Elizabeth

Performing Arts Teacher

Elizabeth has been performing since the age of 6 where she was part of the Young Company for Bill Kenwright’s touring musical productions. She then went on to train with the National Youth Theatre, Fourth Monkey Theatre Company and the Actors Class as an actress and is a trained classical singer and cellist. She is a Young Associate of the Royal Court and the Lyric Hammersmith theatres and a volunteer with The Flying Seagull Project- a charity that bring music and play workshops to refugee children. 


Polly

Manager

Polly graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 2008 with a First Class BA Hons in Theatre and is currently studying at Central School of Speech and Drama for an MA in Applied Theatre. Polly has been running performing arts workshops for children since 2002 and has worked across the world on all kinds of stages. She is delighted to be a part of the Jigsaw Arts teaching term!


Francesca

Dance Teacher

Francesca is a talented and passionate workshop leader, performer, and director. She studied musical theatre in the United States, and earned an MA in Performance from RADA. She has performed in the US, the UK, and across Europe, playing lead roles in several original musicals, and now directs and choreographs her own devised work in London.


Anya

Singing Teacher

Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne,  Anya trained in Music Theatre at The London College of Music.  Since training, Anya has been cast in various professional productions including Fables for a Boy at The Lost Theatre, Tess in Tess of the D'Ubervilles at The Park Theatre,  Elizabeth in Frankenstein: The Metal Opera and the role Alice in GS Productions Alice in Wonderland. Alongside her performance career,  Anya has worked as a singing teacher for the past 5 years.


Alexandra

Performing Arts Teacher

Alexandra recently graduated from Colchester Institute with a upper second class degree in Musical Theatre. As well as performing she has a strong passion for teaching. Since graduating she has worked as a Children's Entertainer,she delivers outreach programmes in primary schools and she is also a youth mentor.

She enjoys watching the 'Magic' of the Arts build children's confidence and develop key skills in which they will benefit from for the rest of their lives.


Benjy

Assistant

When Benjy was much younger, he attended Jigsaw summer schools before joining Finchley when he was in secondary school. Benjy then went on to join JYTC and is currently auditioning for drama school. Benjy can't wait to create brilliant performances with everybody.


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 Jumpers

Performing arts for children aged 6 months to 3 years

Jigsaw Jumpers is a positive step in your child’s development. Children from 6 months to 3 years will be taught in two groups: pre-walkers and walkers. Through the medium of drama, singing and dance, your child will begin their expressive journey and the 45-minute class will be taught by fully qualified and experienced pre-school teachers. Our teachers understand the individual needs of each child, and are always on hand to offer advice, encouragement and support. All members of staff are DBS checked.

However, Jigsaw Jumpers is more than just a 45-minute performing arts class for your child: Jigsaw Jumpers helps develop the parent-child relationship. Parents attend each session as well and are equally involved, exploring imagination with their child. This shared learning and enjoyable experience helps develop a special bond between parent and child, and this in turn assists with the development of confidence and creativity very early on in life.

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.

Why not try a Jigsaw holiday workshop as an affordable solution to keeping your children busy? Jigsaw provide fun, exciting and educational performing arts workshops in the school holidays.

At The Movies!

12th to 16th February 2018


3 to 5 years

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am

£75 for the week

£65 for siblings

 

6 to 16 years

Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 3.30pm

£150 for the week

£130 for siblings