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- Weekend School
The Compton School
- Term Times
Summer Term: 5th May to 14th July 2019
Autumn Term: 29th September to 8th December 2019
£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 DiscountsShould 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.
£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 DiscountsShould 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
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
Bus: 43, 134, 234, 382, 221, 263
Train: New Southgate is the nearest.
Road directions to here from(e.g., "oxford st W1" or "SW12 8JZ")
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.
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.
Amy performed in plays and musicals in the UK and abroad before working with English National Ballet as Touring Dance Officer (National & International). Amy has worked for over fifteen years with the Young Shakespeare Company and has also devised creative engagement programmes for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Each summer, Amy joins the International Summer School faculty at the Royal Academy of Dance as Drama tutor. Alongside her work for Jigsaw, Amy is currently Managing Director of Islington-based charity The Garden Classroom.
Jack has had a keen interest in performing arts since an early age. He moved to London to study at the prestigious Bird College Conservatoire for Dance and Musical Theatre where he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Dance and Musical Theatre. Since graduating Jack has worked with the likes of Bill Deamer and Arlene Phillips CBE and his credits vary from playing “Warner” In ‘Legally Blonde’ to Tap dancing on ‘The One Show’. Jack has also worked internationally as a model. Jack is a huge advocate of performing arts and is passionate about educating and engaging the next generation. He is very excited to be teaching at Jigsaw!
Performing Arts Teacher
Alice is a native Italian actress, singer and musician who has recently graduated with First Class Honours from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), where she studied Musical Theatre. Coming from generations of music teachers, she is very excited to join the Jigsaw team!
Jordan started performing at the age of 7 with jazz dance and classical styles. A few years later he started musical theatre and tap dance. He went on to represent England at the World Tap Championships and other international competitions for 5 years, winning many world titles and medals. In 2013 he won a world title for his tap solo at the annual Dance World Cup. He also obtained the title of ‘Best Male Dancer’ across all age groups and categories in the competition. Jordan attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and Arts Educational Schools London sixth form before obtaining a place at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts where he is currently a third year Musical Theatre student and will be graduating in the summer of 2019.
Niamh trained in Acting Musical Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has various performing credits including Richard in Richard III, Sillabub in CATS, Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof, and many more. Niamh has been dancing since she was five, and has her ATCL in Speech and Drama with distinction. She loves to teach performing arts to children and watching them grow in confidence and passion in performance.
Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Anya trained in Music Theatre at The London College of Music. Since training, Anya has been cast in various professional productions including Fables for a Boy at The Lost Theatre, Tess in Tess of the D'Ubervilles at The Park Theatre, Elizabeth in Frankenstein: The Metal Opera and the role Alice in GS Productions Alice in Wonderland. Alongside her performance career, Anya has worked as a singing teacher for the past 5 years.
Performing Arts Teacher
Megan has been performing ever since she was a toddler, starring in short films and in the West End. Currently studying performance and applied theatre at the University of East London, Megan regularly performs to communities where she is able to help less fortunate people through the use of drama! After finishing her degree Megan wishes to pursue her dream to become a qualified secondary school drama teacher.
Yazmin is a former pupil of Jigsaw, who attended for 13 years. She is currently studying for a BA Hons in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy. Yazmin is delighted to be assisting with the classes at Jigsaw helping the children to achieve their full potential just like her Jigsaw teachers helped her.
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.
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 Workshops
Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August 2019
At The Compton School, Summers Lane, North Finchley N12 0QG
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