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Weekend School

The Marlborough Science Academy
Watling Street
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 2QA

Term Times

Autumn Term dates:

23rd September - 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 and 11:30-1:00pm
5 - 6 year olds:
09:30-11:00 and 11.30am - 1.00pm
7 - 18 year olds:
10.00am - 1.00pm

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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.


Jacqui

Manager

Jacqui trained at The London School of Musical Theatre as an actor and singer. Jacqui performs regularly in various sketch comedy shows as well as singing professionally. 

Jacqui has taught Baby Ballet, singing and most recently worked for “Gymboree”  and “Artis Education” teaching music and drama in primary schools. Jacqui loves working with children and takes great joy seeing the effect and enjoyment the performing arts can bring to learning as well the confidence it brings out in children.


Holly

Singing 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.



Darcy

Performing Arts Teacher

Darcy is currently training with Fourth Monkey Theatre company following courses at The Oxford School of Drama and The Actors Class. Having began working professionally in the industry at age 17, she has worked on projects in theatre, film and television, and has successfully landed roles with the BBC, ITV and various other high profile companies. Her passion for performing arts stemmed in school, where parts in West Side Story and Les Miserables set early foundations for her career, which have stayed with her ever since.

Darcy credits her earliest teachers for her love of theatre, and hopes to instil the same inspiration and confidence to her students here at Jigsaw. 


Simon

Drama Teacher

Drama/singing/ Manager

Simon trained at MountviewAcademy of theatre arts . Simon performs regularly with his cabaret group “Ear Candy” and has been teaching drama at various performing arts schools for many years. Simon works  at Samuel Ryder Academy in St Albans and loves to see the confidence, self expression and fun performing Arts can bring out in children. Simon is delighted to be part of Jigsaw.


Taylor

Performing Arts Teacher

Taylor is currently studying performing arts at DNA Studios. Throughout her school life Taylor has been teaching a variety of dance styles and age groups. She has also choreographed for many shows including assisting choreography for a show at Her Majesty's theatre in London. After successful auditions, Taylor has performed in 5 professional pantomimes as a chorus dancer. Taylor has also performed at prestigious London venues including both the Royal Albert Hall and Her Majesty's theatre.
She believes that performing arts is a great way to bring out children's confidence and is also a great way to improve a child's social skills. She is thrilled to be working as part of the jigsaw team and cannot wait to share her experiences in both choreographing and performing with the children.


Sarah Hall

Performing Arts Teacher

Sarah trained at Tiffany Theatre College in Essex for Musical Theatre. Since graduating in 2008 Sarah has been working as a professional Singer and Dancer on Cruise ships, which have taken her across the globe.


After 6 years in the industry Sarah is now returning to study and is in her final  year at City University London studying to become a Speech and Language Therapist where she would like to specialize in the area of voice therapy.

    

Sarah believes performing arts is one of the most powerful tools to enhance and develop children’s emotional, communication and social skills. She loves working with children and loves the enjoyment and creativity the performing arts can bring. 

She is very excited to be a part of the jigsaw team and can’t wait to share the knowledge she has acquired from working in the industry with young inspiration children.

 

     


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.