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Priestmead Primary School
Hartford Avenue
Harrow
Middlesex
HA3 8SZ

Term Times

Current Term Dates: 21st January - 1st April 2017

Summer Term Dates: 6th May - 15th July

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
11.30 - 1.00pm

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

7 - 18 year olds:
10.00am - 1.00pm

Directions

Bus: 79, 183, 204, 223, 653, 683, 688

Tube: Kingsbury

PLEASE NOTE:  The school operates security checks at the main gate from time to time.

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.


Hayley

Manager

Hayley trained at Bird College in Kent where she gained a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree in Dance and Theatre Performance. Upon graduating she worked as a professional dancer throughout the UK and Europe, and now enjoys a career teaching and choreographing for children and students of all ages.


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.


Kate

Drama Teacher

Kate’s professional performing career began when she was 8 years old, when she landed a role in the musical Evita at Manchester’s Palace Theatre. Kate began her professional training aged 12 at The Hammond School in Chester, and continued at Bird College of Performing Arts. Her career began in at London’s Shaw Theatre, where she appeared Closer Than Ever, Songs for a New World and The Boyfriend.

Kate appeared in several plays at London’s Workhouse Theatre, including Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.  Kate’s teaching positions include Head of Musical Theatre at the Media City Performing Arts Academy and Infinity Dance School as well as free-lance teaching for KNT Danceworks at The Northern Ballet School.


Anastasia

Performing Arts Teacher

Anastasia is a professional Dancer, Singer, Actress and Teacher. Prior her studies she achieved level 8 in Classical Singing both from Trinity College and Belgium Examination system. Furthermore, she gained the Advanced level in Classical Ballet and Modern Dance in Cyprus.


Anastasia studied at Laine Theatre Arts (UK) where she graduated with a Dance and Musical Theatre National and Trinity Diploma. She then continued her studies at Middlesex University where she gained her Bachelor Degree in Performing Arts and she completed her studies at ‘’The Actors Temple’’ in London, where she attended intensive acting seminars and courses over the period of 2 years.


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.