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The Ursuline Academy
Morland Road
Ilford
IG1 4JU

Term Times

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

Summer Term Dates: 6th May - 15th July 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 Afternoons

3 - 4 year olds:
2.30pm - 4.00pm

5 - 6 year olds:
2.30pm - 4.00pm
4.30pm - 6.00pm

7 - 18 year olds:
3.00pm - 6.00pm

Directions

Bus: 123, 129, 145, 150, 167, 179, 296, 366, 396 and 462.

Train: Ilford

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(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.


Jack

Dance Teacher

Jack has been teaching all aspects of performing arts for several years. He recently moved to London, to further his training at the prestigious Bird College where he is studying a BA (Hons) in Dance and Theatre Performance. Jack has had wide and varied experiences in the performing arts including working with Olivier award winning choreographer Bill Deamer and dancing on The One Show. Jack is very passionate about teaching and is thrilled to be teaching for Jigsaw Arts.


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.


Abbie

Drama Teacher

Abbie Nicholls from East London is about to embark on her third year of her studies at the University of East London studying Drama, Applied Theatre and performance. Abbie was a scholarship student at Jigsaw for two years, whilst at secondary school. She has recently returned from studying abroad in America at the Columbia college of Chicago. Abbie has just finished a summer as a Drama practitioner for NCS The Challenge for 15-17 year olds. Helping young people to bring Drama to their community. Abbie is excited to return home to Jigsaw as a performing Arts teacher for Broxbourne and Ilford.


Anastasia

Singing 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.
After completing her studies, Anastasia performed in various Theatrical and Musical shows around the UK and abroad as a lead soloist and performer. She also participated as an actress in Short Films and Feature Films and she appeared as a Dancer and Model in Music Videos, TV shows and Commercials.
Last but not least she holds a broad experience as a Performing Arts Teacher (Singing/Dance/Drama) in the UK and abroad.


Holly

Performing Arts Teacher

Holly trained at The Sage Academy of Performing Arts in Newcastle where she recieved a diploma in Musical theatre she then moved to London to pursue her performing career. She performed various theatrical and Musical shows around the UK and abroad as a lead vocalist. She has also choreographed various shows for companies all across the world including her own entertainment company which she created 4 years ago. In between performing contracts Holly has had lots of teaching opportunities teaching at various schools and stage schools throughout the UK.


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.