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Weekend School

The Compton School
Summers Lane
North Finchley
N12 0QG

Directions

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

Train: New Southgate is the nearest.

 

Fees

Fees (3-6 years)

£165 per term (£41.25 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

£123.75 for second child, £82.50 for third child

New students are invited to do an initial two-week trial for £30.  This is deducted from the fees when you book for the rest of the term.

Fees (7-18 years)

£297 per term (£74.25 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

£222.75 for second child, £148.50 for third child

New students are invited to do an initial two-week trial for £60.  This is deducted from the fees when you book for the rest of the term.

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Term Times

Summer Term 24

Sunday 14th January – Sunday 24th March 24

Spring Term 24

Sunday 28th April – Sunday 7th July 24

Class Times

Sunday Morning

3 - 4 year olds:

9.30am – 11.00am

10.30am – 12.00pm

11.30am – 1.00pm

5 - 6 year olds:

9.30am – 11.00am

10.30am – 12.00pm

11.30am – 1.00pm

7 - 18 year olds:

10.00am – 1.00pm

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  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 DBS check and attend Jigsaw Arts teacher training sessions to provide consistent tutoring across our schools.

All schools are regularly inspected by Jigsaw Arts’ head office management team, 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.

Imogen
Manager

Imogen as been a part of the Jigsaw Family for over 25 years. She began her Jigsaw journey as a student in Hendon and has never looked back. She has a degree in Modern Drama Studies and has appeared in a range of theatre, television and film productions. Imogen also has extensive experience in child care and teaching children around the world.

Becky
Dance Teacher

Becky has had heaps of training and lots of varied work experience as a dancer and singer Becky has also trained in acting, at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating with a first class honours. Becky has taught at Jigsaw Arts School for many years and is a dedicated and passionate teacher.

Megan
Drama Teacher

Megan has years of experience performing in theatres, short films and events. She had a degree in Drama, Performance and Applied Theatre and a PGCE. Megan is a secondary school teacher and also runs Jigsaw Arts Schools in Barnet and potters Bar!

Jessica
Singing Teacher

Jess has just graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre after 3 years training at ArtsEd. She recently appeared as a featured vocalist in Dr Zhivago and Symphonic Jackson, both at the London Palladium. Jess is a professionally trained opera, musical theatre and pop singer and is looking forward to passing on her knowledge to the students.

Halle
Main School Assistant Teacher

Halle graduated from Artsed in 2022 with a degree in musical theatre. She has since worked in productions including The Crucible, at the National Theatre and A Christmas Carol at the Southbank. Halle is a very creative person, with lots of energy and a passion for performig arts, that she loves to sharia with her students.

Morgan
Performing Arts Teacher

Morgan has been involved in the performing arts since the age of 5. He trained for two years at Emil Dale Academy before graduating with a BA First Class Honours from ArtsEd in 2023.
Morgan is passionate about teaching and helping his students gain confidence whilst have lots of fun in class!

Lottie
Performing Arts Teacher

Lottie’s interest in musical theatre began when she was 4 years old and she has been in love with acting, singing and dancing ever since. She has recently graduated from the 3 year BA musical theatre course at ArtsEd, and enjoys sharing her love of performing arts through teaching! She is passionate about helping children to come out of their shell and growing in confidence, whilst having lots of fun through performing arts.

Hannah
Performing Arts Teacher

Hannah has just completed her training at The Oxford school of Drama. Prior to that she began acting in 2019. Credits include ‘In Love and Loyalty’, a reimagining of Sophocles’ Electra, the Lyric Hammersmith’s (2020) and ‘The White Card’, Northern Stage Production, Soho Theatre(2022). She is excited to be joining the jigsaw family and can’t wait to run fun and energetic classes for her students and share with them the joy and confidence performing gives her.

Jessica
Performing Arts Teacher

Jessica is an actress, writer and workshop leader. She has just graduated from the Oxford School of Drama.

She is super passionate about helping students flourish in confidence, and loves to create an energetic and positive learning atmosphere.

certificates and medals

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.

Summer Workshop 2023

Monday 14th to Friday 18th August 2023

At The Compton School, Summers Lane, North Finchley, N12 0QG

3 to 5 years
Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am

£80 for the week

£70 for siblings

5 to 16 years
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 3.30pm

£175 for the week

£150 for siblings

 

Why not try a Jigsaw Holiday Workshop as an affordable solution to keeping your children busy and active? Jigsaw provide fun and exciting performing arts activities that will build your child’s confidence.

The health and safety of our students is our first priority and we have extensive measures in place to ensure the children attending are safe, while maintaining a fun and engaging environment for all. All teachers are DBS checked.

Holiday workshops for children

Students are divided into appropriate age groups and take part in dance, drama and singing activities. There will be a balance between practical and fun activities and games that will ensure your child has a memorable holiday with an opportunity to make new friends.

 

Holiday Workshops for 3-5 years

The two-hour sessions are full of fun packed, exciting performing arts activities and games. They offer a taster of the full day programme, perfect for building confidence, making new friends and keeping your child busy during the school holidays.

Holiday Workshops for 5 - 16 years

These students will be divided into smaller age appropriate groups. Each day will begin with ice breaker games and a physical and vocal warm up followed by exciting dance, drama and singing workshops and fun activities. Our focus will be improving the children’s performance skills whilst building their confidence and self esteem.

What do children need to bring?

A packed lunch that doesn’t need refrigeration. Lunches will be stored in a cool dry place but refrigerators are not available. We recommend you use an ice pack.

Plenty of water to keep hydrated.

Students should wear clothes and shoes appropriate for movement.

Summer schools

Jigsaw summer schools are hugely popular. Taking place during various weeks throughout the summer holidays, it is always a major highlight of the Jigsaw calendar and there have been some unforgettable summer school shows over the years.

Our Teachers

The holiday workshops are led by inspiring and experienced teachers who also teach regularly at our weekend schools. The teachers have attended Jigsaw Arts training and have a DBS check. Many of our teachers also work professionally in the performing arts industry.

Find out more about Our Teachers.

As well as our weekend Performing Arts Schools, Jigsaw offers entertaining and fun Birthday Parties for children at a location of your choosing throughout London, the Home Counties and South Wales. Our parties are perfect for children who love the performing arts and want a creative and imaginative, fun filled party.

What does Jigsaw provide?

One of our specialist performing arts teachers will take the children on an hour’s fun filled adventure through dance, singing and drama activities based on your child’s favourite theme! Past themes have included ‘Princesses and Pirates’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Superheroes’, ‘Under the Sea’ and many more. You pick the theme and our performing arts teacher will ensure that your child and their friends have a wonderful and memorable day. The sessions will run much like our Performing Arts Schools but with the added excitement of the entire party being designed for the birthday child and their guests.

We are more than happy to discuss any ideas that you may have for the content or theme in the build-up to the big day and are happy to suggest activities/games which can be incorporated into the themed party.

All out tutors are DBS checked and have had in-house training.

Activities will be appropriate for the age of the birthday child so please bear this in mind when inviting friends and family. These activities are suitable for a maximum of 20 children. We are unable to accommodate a larger group as we want to ensure that every child has a memorable experience.

What do I need to provide?

A clear space in your home or a small hall. We will also need a power point. If you would like to include any props (pass the parcel etc) then please provide these also. Leave the rest to us!

Costs and booking

£120 for an hour for a maximum of 20 children.

For larger parties of 20 students or more please enquire for price: finchley@jigsaw-arts.co.uk

A £60 deposit is payable in advance to secure your booking.

Deposits are non-refundable. Should you wish to cancel your booking, 72 hours notice is required. If the appropriate notice has not been given you will be charged 50% of the balance.

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Jigsaw is excited to announce that from the 1st September 2018, Andy Hutchings will become joint shareholder and Director of Jigsaw Arts Franchise Limited with Nicola Lander. Andy became a Jigsaw teacher in 2001 and over the years progressed to be General Manager. Later in 2016 he became the franchisee of Jigsaw Broxbourne and Ware […]

Beating the Heat at the Virgin Sport British 10K

Congratulations to Jigsaw Company Director, Nicola Lander and Business Development Manager, Andy Hutchings who completed the Virgin Sport British 10k in Westminster on Sunday, 15th July. After months of training and fundraising both runners laced up their trainers on that sweltering Sunday morning to complete the race in 1 hour 12 minutes! “It was an incredible hot day!” […]

Jigsaw Reviews: Mr Stink

Last month we ran a competition for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see and review the latest production of Mr Stink, based on the book by David Walliams at the Chickenshed Theatre. The story follows a very kind, but lonely, 12-year-old Chloe who invites the homeless ‘Mr Stink’ and his dog […]

Have you booked your Summer Holiday Workshop for 2018?

With the six-week summer holiday stretching before us, there’s no doubt that many families are looking forward to some sun, sea, sand and sunscreen. If, however, lounging on the sun lounger isn’t your child idea of entertainment this summer then we’ve got just the thing for you! Yes, that’s right, our five-day Jigsaw Summer Holiday workshops for […]

Jigsaw Runs For Cancer Research!

Having both lost a parent to cancer, our founder Nicola Lander, and our Business Development Manager, Andy Hutchings, will be running the Virgin Sport British 10k in Westminster on Sunday, 15th July 2018 at 9.30am. If you are in the area in this day, please do come along the running route to cheer them both […]

Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools revealed as a Winner in the National mumandworking awards 2018 as hosted by NatWest

The UK’s flexible working ‘trailblazers’ announced in national awards celebrating family-friendly, agile employment The winners and highly commended finalists in the prestigious 2018 ‘mumandworking awards’ were recently revealed in an inspiring, high profile ceremony, hosted by NatWest, and Jigsaw Performing Arts was amongst them. These pioneering awards were launched over 8 years ago to celebrate the […]

Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools look forward to the National mumandworking awards 2018 as hosted by NatWest

2018 Shortlisted Nominees Revealed in National Awards celebrating family-friendly, flexible working The nominees for the prestigious mumandworking awards 2018 have been announced – and Jigsaw Arts is amongst them. These pioneering awards were launched over eight years ago to celebrate the UK’s leading lights in the world of flexible working – those amazing and inspiring […]

2018 Oscar nominations

With our February holiday workshop in Finchley, Jigsaw at the movies, less than three weeks away, there’s a buzz in the air backstage at Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools after the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations. Although Netflix and Amazon have been dominating the headlines of late, there’s still nothing quite like a good ol’ fashioned […]

Half term holiday workshops in Finchley

Half term fun in February With the 2018 Oscars just around the corner, there’s a definite movie buzz in the air. Join us the February half term at Jigsaw Finchley (The Compton School, North Finchley), for a week of drama, singing and dance classes featuring songs and characters inspired by all your favourite movies. Jigsaw […]

A Teaching Team at the Heart of What We Do

The Jigsaw Arts team is more than just a group of individuals – it’s a community. Head Office staff, Managers, Teachers and Assistants all have one thing in common: they love what they do. Everybody at Jigsaw is incredibly passionate about the performing arts, and that passion is delivered week in, week out, and it all leads […]

Top Five Reasons to Take to the Stage

Nothing quite beats a night at the theatre. With so many great shows out there this season, there’s no better time to get stuck in to the performing arts than now. Here are our top five reasons to take to the stage: 5. You can make a difference Theatre challenges, questions and inspires. What better […]

Spring Term Booking Now Open

A new year of performing arts classes Jigsaw classes have proven to be an excellent way to build confidence, social skills and self-esteem in children of all ages.  We’ve had some exciting additions to our teaching team this year, all of whom look forward to welcoming you to Jigsaw in the new year. Booking is now open for the 2018 spring […]

Students Get to Grips with Shakespeare and Puppetry at the National Theatre

War Horse and William Students from Jigsaw’s agency, Jigsaw Arts Management, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of attending puppetry and Shakespeare workshops at London’s National Theatre. On the first day of workshops, the students had an exclusive behind the scenes look and a guided tour of the production workshops where NT props and set are created, and then […]

Spotlight on Jigsaw Finchley

Students Stun Audiences across London and the Home Counties Now that the summer has drawn to a close, it’s time to reflect on what were a scintillating few weeks at Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools. With a broad range of exciting themes and some unforgettable final shows, students stunned audiences across the length and breadth of […]

Jigsaw Agency Workshop Day is a Huge Success

Jigsaw Arts Management Agency Workshop Day Last Sunday’s agency workshop at The Actors Centre, London was a huge success. It was a fantastic way for Katie from Jigsaw Arts Management to meet lots of children for the first time and a chance for her to see what they are best suited to when it comes to putting them forward for […]

A Weekend Full of Fun in Finchley

The weekend just got better It’s been a non-stop few weeks at Jigsaw Finchley. Staff and students alike have been hurriedly working towards the East Barnet Festival and the hard work paid off when students took to the stage in Oak Hill Park earlier this month and sung their hearts out in a packed out Big Top Dance Tent. In […]

Incredible Singing Success Stories

The benefits of singing Let’s face it: we all love singing. Whether it’s around the house, in the car or within a singing lesson, we somehow feel more alive after giving a rendition of our favourite rock song, pop song or musical theatre number. Singing is cathartic. It helps ease stress and can prove to […]

Review: Pinocchio, Sadler’s Wells

This half term, we teamed up with Sadler’s Wells (find out more about them here) and offered one lucky Jigsaw student the opportunity to review Jasmin Vardimon Company’s production of Pinocchio. Jigsaw Finchley student, Ben Davis, attended the performance, and here’s what he thought of the show: “I thought the show was absolutely brilliant; and their dancing! My favourite characters […]

What Does The Future Hold?

Early Years When I was much younger, maybe four or five years old, I attended a Jigsaw Arts Summer School. For the next two years I would continue this routine. Then, 8 years later, I started attending the Jigsaw Finchley weekend school on Sunday mornings. I made many new friends, and the experience was one that was invaluable, […]

Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools Announced As National Business Awards Finalist

Jigsaw Performing Arts Schools has been shortlisted for The Business Award for Arts and Creative Services for the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. Jigsaw is a business in the Creative Industry dedicated to developing performance skills, promoting self-expression and building confidence. For over 20 years, Jigsaw has provided drama, singing and dance classes for children […]

Review: The Hogwallops, Jacksons Lane

(Above: Charlotte at Jacksons lane for The Hogwallops) My Hogwalloping Night at the Circus By Jigsaw Finchley student, Charlotte  On the fifth of April, I went to see The Hogwallops with my Dad. The Hogwallops is a Lost In Translation Circus show about a family of misfits who love bananas. There are five characters in the […]

Review: Puss In Boots, Jacksons Lane

(Above: 6-year-old Grace Thompson at Jacksons Lane for Puss In Boots) After linking up with Jacksons Lane in our new scheme, Jigsaw Reviews, we provided Jigsaw Finchley student Grace Thompson with tickets to see Puss In Boots starring CBeebies’ Patrick Lynch. Grace and her family absolutely loved the show, and she put together this fantastic review: “The people at […]

Review: Orion And The Dark, Jacksons Lane

(Above: Harry Pendakis at Jacksons Lane for Peaceful Lion’s production of Orion And The Dark) Last week, Jigsaw Arts student Harry Pendakis received tickets to see Peaceful Lion’s brand new family production of Orion And The Dark at Jacksons Lane, London. The show (which is based on Emma Yarlett’s illustrated children’s book of the same name) is currently […]

Top 5 Techniques for Learning Lines

Learning lines can be tricky at times, but with plenty of patience and the right techniques, it is definitely something that we are all capable of mastering. So with Spring shows across Britain now well into rehearsals and with the new term underway at Jigsaw Arts, here at Head Office, we put our heads together […]

Reflecting on 2015 and a Look Ahead to 2016

By Daniel Jenkins With Christmas well and truly over and the New Year now underway, here at Jigsaw Arts we’ve had time to take stock and look back at 2015 – and what an exciting 12 months they’ve been… In 2015 we celebrated our 20th birthday; 20 years of Jigsaw! We can’t quite believe how […]

Audition Tips from Jigsaw Arts Management!

Jigsaw Agency’s audition tips It’s an exciting time for the Jigsaw Agency as we approach the deadline to renew children on our books for another year and welcome those that are joining us for the first time. Those that are on the agency will know that ‘Spotlight’ is the online CV every child has with […]

Top 10 Autumn Activities

Autumn is certainly a season of change. As we make the rather gloomy transition from Summer into Winter we notice that the arrival of night time becomes much earlier and of course the temperature drops considerably. We see the leaves start to change colour and fall off trees, the birds migrate south and animals start […]

Where are they now? Regé, Jessica and Kim

See previous installments of Where are they now? for more on what former Jigsaw students have been up to! Part 1 and Part 2 Where are they now: Regé-Jean Page Which Jigsaw school did you attend? I attended Jigsaw Enfield and JYT. How long did you attend Jigsaw for? 10 years What are you doing […]

Top 10 things to do on a rainy day!

Top 10 things to do on a rainy day! It’s a rainy day, wet and miserable outside and the kids are grizzling about the house complaining that they are bored and have nothing to do. Don’t worry – help is at hand. Here are 10 boredom-busting rainy day indoor activities for kids. 1. Pizza party Lay […]

Spotlight on a Jigsaw student of 12 years: Chloe

Chloe is 17 years old and lives in North London. She started Jigsaw at the age of 5 back in 2003 and since then has worked her way up to the Jigsaw Youth Theatre which she currently attends. She also assists at Jigaw Enfield on Saturdays and Jigsaw Finchley on Sundays. As we are celebrating […]

Top 10 Skills Children learn from Performing Arts

  Top 10 Skills Children learn from Performing Arts 2015 is a very exciting year in our Jigsaw calendar as we look back over the past 20 years that we have been offering Performing Arts classes to 3-18 year olds. Reflecting on this, we have come up with our top 10 skills children learn from […]

Spotlight on Jigsaw Manager Danny Bage

Danny is currently a Jigsaw manager of two schools; Harrow and Ware. He has been working for Jigsaw as a teacher and manager for 9 years now. We thought we would catch up with him to find out a little more about his background, his experience with Jigsaw so far and we threw in some fun questions […]

Top 10 Audition Tips

  As we’re approaching the deadline for children to renew their Spotlight membership for our Jigsaw Arts agency we thought it would be a good time to discuss our top 10 Audition tips for the performing arts. This isn’t just of course for children that are going for professional auditions. The same tips apply whether […]

Franchise Success!

  We talk with Michael, Jigsaw’s first franchisee, about his franchise success.  Franchise Success Case Study How did you hear about Jigsaw Performing Arts? I worked for Jigsaw as a drama teacher in 2006 when I was still at drama school. I think it was an advert in The Stage! What attracted you to a […]

Spotlight on… Yael Hayes

Yael most recently played the role of ‘Bert’ in our Summer School production of ‘Mary Poppins’ where Yael impressed us all with her ability to shine as a very competent triple threat performer. We decided to interview Yael to find out about what keeps her inspired, where she sees herself in the future and to […]

Owing to our continued success and growth, we are always on the look-out for the very best teachers to enhance the Jigsaw team.

If you are interested in becoming part of the team, please send a cover letter and CV to:

finchley@jigsaw-arts.co.uk.

Dance, Drama and Singing Teachers

  • Finchley
  • From £20 per hour (depending on experience)

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic teachers for our weekend schools.

You will be teaching drama, singing or dance to children 7 – 18 years OR performing arts to 3 – 6 years.  You must be available on Sunday Mornings. All teachers should have a clear DBS check.

Please email a CV and covering letter to finchley@jigsaw-arts.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can apply using the form below.

    If you have any questions please complete the form below or call 020 8108 0363.