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Weekend School

Watford Grammar School for Girls
Lady's Close
Watford
WD18 0AE

Directions

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Watford Girls is a short walk from Watford Town Centre which is well served by buses.

Watford High Street train station is also a short walk from the school.

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 (£70.00 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

Summer Term:

27th April to 13th July 2019

Autumn Term:

21st September to 30th November 2019

Class Times

Saturday mornings

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.

Performing Arts school manager

Katie
School Manager

Katie trained at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Acting and went on to train at The Liverpool Theatre School in Musical Theatre where she graduated as Head Girl in 2011.

Following this she toured in one musical and two plays in Germany before moving to London where she has been involved in several theatre projects.

Katie runs the ‘Jigsaw Arts Management’ agency for children and young performers. Katie is enjoying every minute of bringing Jigsaw to Watford!

Saskia
Assistant

Saskia has been performing for as long as she can remember, and trained at Associated Studios in London, graduating from their Musical Theatre Intensive Diploma course in 2018. With many years of stage credits behind her, she has appeared in shows such as Spring Awakening, A Little Night Music and Cats. She loves teaching, and has previously worked for Gymboree Play and Music, leading classes for children from 0-5 years. She is also an experienced children’s party entertainer.

Becky
Performing Arts Teacher

Becky is currently training at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.  She has been teaching Dance, Drama and Singing since 2015 which came as a natural progression after attending performing arts classes for 16 years.
Recent experience includes the touring productions of “When Fear Knocked” and “The Tempest”, and directing a school production of “We Will Rock You”. She also was a part of the inclusive theatre company: “Hopshed” for three years, which included taking part in a production that raised over £1000 for the Stroke Association.
Becky loves working with children of all ages, and is thrilled to be a part of the Jigsaw team.

Julie
Performing Arts Teacher

Julie trained in Musical Theatre at Millennium Performing Arts. She’s taken part in many Pantomimes, Fashion shows and also taken part in Workshops for 42nd Street, Top Hat, Thoroughly Modern Millie and High Society with leading choreographers.
She performed in The Cilla Musical at The Wimbledon Theatre and performed for NFL at Twickenham Stadium.
Julie has taught workshops, taken students through their exams, choreographed for annual shows and taught Ballet and Jazz to the ages of 3-18 before joining Jigsaw.

Natalie
Performing Arts Teacher

Natalie trained in musical theatre at “The American Musical Theatre Academy” in London.

Her most recent credits include an Italian tour of “West Side Story” and Greenwich Theatres “Jack and The Beanstalk”.

Natalie taught Ballet to young children in Mexico for three months using innovative and engaging exercises that spark creativity and encourage imagination. She is very much enjoying being a part of Jigsaw for the past 4 years!

Nicola
Dance Teacher

Nicola graduated from Phil Winston’s Thatreworks in 2012, then went on to the further her education and training at The American Musical theatre Academy of London, graduating in 2014 with a distinction in both Acting and Dance.

Since then she has been teaching and working as a Dancer and a Choreographer. Credits includes Dreamcatcher Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Channel 4 Lookalikes and Channel 5 Lip Sync Battle UK. Nicola has been teaching from the very start of her career and has covered various age groups and styles.

Carrie
Drama Teacher

Carrie has been teaching drama for the last 10 years and teaches at numerous performing arts schools. Carrie has directed many productions and also teaches LAMDA Exams.
She has directed various professional productions in London including ‘Bouncers’ at the Leicester Square Theatre.
As an actor Carrie played Twinkle in the Number 1 UK Tour of ‘Dinnerladies’ by Victoria Wood, appeared alongside Sheridan Smith in the feature film ‘Powder Room’, appeared in Secret Cinema’s ‘Back to the Future’, ‘The Musketeers’ at the Liverpool Echo Arena, ‘Cirxus’ at the Arcola Theatre and the Olivier nominated ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’ with Les Enfants Terribles.

Nadia
Singing Teacher

Nadia has been teaching for over five years with experience in vocal work within the classical, Musical theatre and pop vocal styles.

As well as being passionate about working with young people and being involved with putting together many stage school musicals and shows, Nadia has worked within the music industry writing and producing her own music.

Nadia released her debut EP titled ‘I Am a Warrior’ in 2016 with producer Julian Chown (Joules Productions), and went on to release a follow-up, ‘YOLO’, in 2018. She has gigged across London and the UK, at intimate venues and large festivals. Nadia has also appeared on TV and had increasing radio play, being featured on BBC1 and having numerous tracks featured on BBC Introducing.

Emily
Performing Arts Teacher

Emily trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and graduated in 2015 with a First Class Honours Degree.

As an actor, Emily has worked in both TV and theatre respectively; including filming for BBC’s ‘Doctors’, and appearing in the fourth series of ‘Endeavour’ for ITV. She also performed in Philip Ridley’s new play, ‘Karagula’, for Soho Theatre as well as appearing in Secret Cinema’s, ‘Dr Strangelove’.

Emily has taught and worked with children of all ages for the past nine years.

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

Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd of August 2019

At Watford Grammar School for Girls, Lady’s Close, Watford, WD18 0AE

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

£75 for the week

£65 for siblings

 

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

£150 for the week

£130 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.

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 Workshop 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 workshop for 5 - 16 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

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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:

katie@jigsaw-arts.co.uk

Dance, Drama and Singing Teachers

  • Watford
  • 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 katie@jigsaw-arts.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can apply using the form below.

If you have any questions please complete the form below or call 01923 605456