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Weekend School

Chestnut Grove Academy
Boundaries Road
SW12 8JZ

Term Times

Summer Term: 4th May to 13th July 2019

Autumn Term: 28th September to 7th December 2019


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
11.30am - 1.00pm

5 - 6 year olds:
9.30am - 11.00am
11.30am - 1.00pm

7 - 18 year olds:
10.00am - 1.00pm


Please use the entrance on Boundaries Road.

Buses: 155, 219, 249, 319, 355

Train and Tube: Balham (very close!)

Road directions to here from

(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. 


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.


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.



Originally from Yorkshire, Emily graduated from SLP college after studying professional musical theatre. Since graduating, she has performed in the UK and in Europe. Emily has taught singing, drama and dance in primary, secondary and special educational needs schools and helped pilot and develop music programmes for young people with additional needs. As an advocate to access to the arts, Emily completed her MA in applied theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she engaged with a variety of world leading education specialists and artists. She now programme manages singing education programmes for adults across the UK and in London. She absolutely loves working for Jigsaw and finding new ways to be creative in her work. 



Dance Teacher

Isabelle trained in dance at Potsdam: State University of New York and York St John University where she performed as part of Flight Effect Dance Company. After graduating she toured her choreography and performed at various dance platforms including Manchester Dance Consortium, Yorkshire Dance and Create Festival. She has been teaching Ballet, Tap, African and Contemporary dance to children ranging between ages three to eighteen for the last three years and is now studying MFA Choreography at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


Performing Arts Teacher

Tracy graduated The Poor School. Tracy has previously worked for The Half Moon Young Theatre and toured the critically acclaimed ‘We Are Shadows’. Her most recent credits include the film ‘The Novelist’, 'Holby City', 'Sensation', 'Pusher' and various commercials. Also 'Stop, Look, Listen' at Theatre 503 and Aslyum Monologues for Ice and Fire Productions.



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Abbie M

Drama Teacher

Abbie has taught for Jigsaw since 2016 at various venues and is thrilled to be back at Jigsaw Balham. She has taught performing arts since the age of sixteen after training at a weekend Performing Arts school, herself, from a young age. Abbie has a passion for the arts and trained at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London. Along side this passion is Abbie’s love for teaching, especially youngsters; she loves helping children come out of their shell and blossom into confident, skilful and passionate performers and being a part of this process is a privilege.


Singing Teacher

Melissa studied Musical Theatre at the Performance Preparation Academy (PPA), Guildford. Roles whilst training include: Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Ursula March in Sweet Charity (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre) and Ensemble in Flashdance – The Musical (Electric Theatre)   Professional roles include: Wendy in Peter Pan (South Holland Centre and Thameside Theatre) the title role in Cinderella (Broadway Theatre) and Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Theatre).  Melissa has previously worked at The Emma Dodd School of Performing Arts in Ipswich and has been working for Jigsaw Arts since April 2018. 



Performing Arts Teacher

Isabella was a member of Playbox Youth Theatre, Warwick where her arts training began. She specialises in creating and directing children’s theatre. As well as running drama workshops in schools she also performs in touring educational productions. She is currently studying Arts Management at Birkbeck University and writing a Novel aimed at Young Audiences. 

Nicola M


Nicola Moore is a BA (Hons.) Acting graduate from London College of Music. Growing up in County Down, Northern Ireland, Nicola studied Drama at GCSE and A-Level. Outside of school, Nicola took part in Belfast based drama organisations, such as Youth Lyric and Summer Youth Project at the Grand Opera House.


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.



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 Jumpers

Performing arts for children aged 6 months to 3 years

Jigsaw Jumpers is a positive step in your child’s development. Children from 6 months to 3 years will be taught in two groups: pre-walkers and walkers. Through the medium of drama, singing and dance, your child will begin their expressive journey and the 45-minute class will be taught by fully qualified and experienced pre-school teachers. Our teachers understand the individual needs of each child, and are always on hand to offer advice, encouragement and support. All members of staff are DBS checked.

However, Jigsaw Jumpers is more than just a 45-minute performing arts class for your child: Jigsaw Jumpers helps develop the parent-child relationship. Parents attend each session as well and are equally involved, exploring imagination with their child. This shared learning and enjoyable experience helps develop a special bond between parent and child, and this in turn assists with the development of confidence and creativity very early on in life.

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.

Why not try a Jigsaw holiday workshop as an affordable solution to keeping your children busy? Jigsaw provide fun, exciting and educational performing arts workshops in the school holidays.

Jigsaw Performing Arts Holiday Workshop

Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August 2019

At Chestnut Grove Academy, Chestnut Grove, Balham, SW12 8JZ

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