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Weekend School

Upper Barnwell School
Barnwell
Stevenage
SG2 9SR

Directions

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Entrance to school and car park via Haydean Way

Bus: 5, 6, 50, 178

Fees

Fees (3-6 years)

£150 per term (£37.50 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

£115 for second child, £75 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)

£280 per term (£70 a month on direct debit spread over the year)

£210 for second child, £140 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

Autumn Term

28th September – 7th December 2019

Spring Term

18th January – 28th March 2020

Summer Term

2nd May – 11th July 2020

Class Times

Saturday 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

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.

Performing Arts Manager Jigsaw Stevenage

Polly
School Manager

Polly has been working with Jigsaw Arts for over 5 years and has worked as a teacher, manager and in the head office. She is passionate about performing arts for young people and has worked across the UK and internationally using drama in the classroom, creating performances and workshops for young children.

Polly attended Playbox Theatre from the age of 5 and went on to take part in many productions with them as well as volunteering with younger workshops. Over the years she directed, taught and worked in their offices offering fantastic performing arts opportunities to children across Warwickshire.

Polly graduated from Dartington College of the Arts in 2008 with a first class degree in theatre and completed her masters in 2016 at Central School of Speech and Drama in Drama in Education. Now she works during the week to deliver fantastic drama education in schools across the UK, but her weekends will forever be reserved for Jigsaw!

Jigsaw Dance Teacher

Cristina
Dance Teacher

Cristina trained at The Urdang Academy where she gained a Level 3 Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance. She then achieved a BA in Theatre Studies,  being awarded first class honours.
Cristina has worked as a professional singer/actress/dancer all over the world. Most recently she performed the role of the ‘Mistress’ in the UK & International tour of Evita. Her recent West End show credits include Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith) and On the Town (Regents Park Open Air Theatre). And her regional credits include Show Boat (Crucible Theatre) Legally Blonde, Water Babies (Curve Theatre) and Baby in Dirty Dancing (Secret Cinema).
Cristina teaches for various schools in Hertfordshire and London specialising in technical/ theatre jazz and singing.

Jigsaw Performing Arts teacher

Lucy
Performing Arts Teacher

Bio Coming Soon…

Jigsaw Performing Arts Teacher

Taylor-Jane
Performing Arts Teacher

Taylor is currently studying Musical Theatre at Bodywork Company in Cambridge. She will graduate in July 2019 and dreams of working on cruise ships and in the West End. She has performed in many shows at the Gordon Craig Theatre such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Cinderella pantomime and Robin Hood pantomime. Taylor has also appeared on the BBC dancing with a Bollywood fusion company in the opening for Asian Network Live 2017. Taylor loves working at Jigsaw as she enjoys sharing her passion for the performing arts and helping young people explore and develop their love for it to.

Jigsaw Assistant Teacher

Ella
Assistant Teacher

Bio Coming Soon…

Jigsaw Singing Teacher

Karina
Singing Teacher

Karina has been performing ever since she was a little girl. She’s been in her local pantomimes each year as part of the juvenile cast and a number of musicals with an AmDram company as a child: Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down The Wind, Carousel, Les Mis, 42nd Street. At 16 Karina went to study Musical Theatre at Stageworks Studious in St Neots where she was given the opportunity to Perform at Move It at the Excell in London. After finishing her course at stageworks, Karina decided she wanted to further her training and is currently studying for a degree in musical theatre at Italia Conti Academy in London.

Jigsaw Drama Teacher

Will
Drama Teacher

Will grew up as an avid theatre-goer seeing as many plays as possible. He gained his experience, working with numerous production teams in amateur productions, now belonging to ‘Big Spirit Theatre Company’ – who are taking a play to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

Will has also been a singer at events such as the NHS 70th Birthday celebration. He has recently played William Carlisle in the Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock and King Creon in Antigone. Will uses his enthusiasm about performing arts to inspire the Jigsaw children and teach them the tips and tricks of acting.

Performing Arts Certificates

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.

Holiday Workshop Information

Tuesday 27th August to Friday 30th August 2019

At Barnwell Upper School, Banwell, Stevenage, SG2 9SW

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

£60 for the 4 day week

 

5 to 16 years
Tuesday to Friday: 9.00am to 3.30pm
(Registration from 8.30am to 9am & pick up from 3.30pm to 4pm)

£120 for the 4 day week

 

 

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.

Holiday workshops for children

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

Escape the rain with an Easter or half term workshop or take to the stage in a fun-filled summer school. Our holiday workshops are hugely popular amongst children who attend our weekend schools as well as children who are joining Jigsaw for the very first time.

 

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 and the week leads to a mini performance. Perfect for building confidence, making new friends and keeping your child busy during the school holidays.

Holiday Workshops for 7 - 18 years

Each day will begin with ice breaker games followed by a physical and vocal warm up. Students will then work in smaller groups for dance, drama and singing activities. As the week progresses, the children’s work is pieced together to form a show for family and friends at the end of the week.

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

£90 for an hour to a maximum of 20 children. There is a £10 surcharge for parties outside the M25.

A £40 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

Contact your nearest Jigsaw Performing Arts School to book

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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:

stevenage@jigsaw-arts.co.uk

Dance, Drama and Singing Teachers

  • Stevenage
  • 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 Saturday  Mornings. All teachers should have a clear DBS check.

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

Alternatively, you can apply using the form below.

If you have any questions please complete the form below or call 01438 518336